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Wet spring helps to lift Berks out of drought watch

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Berks County is no longer in a drought watch.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday that it has returned Berks and 18 other counties to normal status.

"Thanks to a wet spring, Pennsylvania has seen sufficient recovery of drought indicators to return all counties to normal status," said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. "We'll continue to monitor conditions heading into summer."

The DEP said it bases its drought declarations on four indicators: precipitation deficits (averaged from numerous gauges), stream flows, groundwater levels, and soil moisture.

In addition to Berks, the drought watch was also lifted for Bucks, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Mifflin, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Snyder, and Union counties.


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