Recent rains drop drought status in SC counties

State drought response committee meets via conference call.

COLUMBIA (WACH) - Officials with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that no counties in South Carolina are in a severe drought.

The South Carolina Drought Response Committee held a conference call Thursday morning to evaluate the drought status statewide.

The committee said Kershaw and Lee counties stayed incipient and Orangeburg stayed the same at a moderate level.

Recent rainfall allowed for Richland, Fairfield, Sumter, Clarendon and Calhoun counties to be moved down a level to incipient, and Lexington, Saluda and Newberry counties moved down a level to moderate.

Previously in December, the drought status included 12 counties in the severe category across the state.

The last time the state was not in a drought was 2009.

The next meeting will be held in approximately six weeks.