Shedding Sweat, Tears and Dollars

A record drought in the Southeast will cost $2 billion

It rained in parts of the Southeast last week, which was no small favor. Farmers and city folks alike looked heavenward, hoping that the clouds would let loose the answer to many weeks of prayers. Much more moisture will be needed to replenish the reservoirs and soften the hard, cracked soil. For this is no ordinary dry spell; it has become the Southeast's most devastating drought in modern times. Beyond the human suffering from empty wells and 100 degrees F heat, which has already claimed more than 40 lives, the lack of rainfall is taking an immense economic toll. The damage...

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