No Relief: Drought tightens grip on upstate South Carolina

ANDERSON — Drought is tightening its grip on upstate South Carolina.

Local media outlets report that it’s been hot and dry and rainfall this month has been only about an inch - that’s about a third of normal.

The Independent Mail of Anderson reports the levels in Lake Hartwell and two other reservoirs on the Savannah River have dropped. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that will mean a drop in the amount of electricity generated by power plants on the lakes.

Boaters are also being advised to be on the lookout for submerged objects because of the lower water and the lack of rain is affecting crops.

The U.S. Drought Monitor classifies Abbeville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties as being in a severe to extreme drought.