Lake levels low during Upstate drought

CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – As the dry fall continues, lake levels continue to drop across the Upstate. The lack of rain in our area has put many of our counties in extreme drought conditions.
Normally the now muddy shore’s of Lake Hartwell at Abernathy park in Clemson are a picturesque stop for people walking the trails.
“Its definitely usually way higher than this,” said Katy Sandoval.  “It is gorgeous. It is beautiful. We try to take pictures and things like that but now I wouldn’t really want to take pictures.”
According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the drier than usual fall has left Lake Hartwell several feet below norma levels. Our own 7 News meteorologists don’t believe weather conditions will change that any time soon. They’re also expecting a drier than usual winter.
“We noticed it when we first got here,” Zach Ballard said. “The water level is low and you can see the middle of the lake almost, to the bottom.”
With little to no rain chances over the next couple of weeks, the water levels could drop even more.
The US Drought Monitor puts several parts of the Upstate in extreme drought and in some areas in exceptional drought.
Upstate companies like Greenville Water are already asking residents to voluntarily limit how much water we use.

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