TEMA declares state of emergency over drought in Tennessee

Current U.S. Drought MonitorThe Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a state of emergency In response to the continuing drought Thursday evening.
TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan pointed to the drought’s impact on over 300 water systems, 6,000 acres burned in wildfires and weather forecasts that are not showing any significant precipitation in Tennessee through the remainder of 2016.
“The State of Emergency will allow TEMA to engage personnel and resources from our State and Federal partners to be sure we are in a position to respond effectively and quickly to protect lives and property from what is emerging as a prolonged drought and wildfire threat in Tennessee,” Sheehan said in a news release…. [read more]

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