AUGUSTA – With all the heavy snow the state received in recent weeks. People might think that the state is out of the drought. But according to the Maine Drought Task Force the state is not getting off that easy.
While we received the snow fall, it doesn’t mean the state is in the clear quite yet.
“Believe it or not, we are actually still in a drought in some areas,” said Susan Faloon, the spokesperson for the Maine Drought Task Force, “It’s mostly in the southern area of the state. The middle part of the state is abnormally dry but not considered in a drought condition and northern Maine is no longer in a drought at all.”
We got snow but the situation is more complicated because of ice.
“We have seen some improvements, but the problem with winter, is that the ground is frozen, so that precipitation is not penetrating the earth and not getting to the ground water,” she said.
Officials say we still have the potential for other problems including flooding.
“We can still be in a drought and still have flooding,” said Faloon, “But hopefully the conditions will improve. We are certainly going into this summer in better shape than last summer.
So far the snow is melting at the right speed, but it might be a little longer until we are out of this drought.
“It took us a couple of years to get to where we are were with the drought,” said Faloon, “It’s not a quick fix, a couple of storms and then we are out of it. It’s a long process to get us out as well.