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Governor Herbert lifts emergency drought declaration for Utah

Oct 1, 2019, 7:45 AM
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Grand County Sheriff's Search and Rescue reminds us to stay warm when outside during the wintertime. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)
(Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Governor Gary Herbert has rescinded an emergency drought declaration from last year.

In a statement, the governor indicated that he lifted the emergency declaration because of all the rain and snow Utah received this year.

“2019 precipitation has been well above normal statewide, with regional averages between 110 to 200% of normal, according to the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center, the agency that reports precipitation for Utah. The heavy precipitation significantly reduced drought conditions throughout Utah,” Herbert wrote.

It’s unclear how this will affect farms and homeowners who currently have watering restrictions.

Although many places in Utah are no longer in a drought, many counties, especially in the southern part of the state, are still in a moderate drought.

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