Georgia's drought could hit residents in the wallet

Drought impacting metro Atlanta farmers

ATLANTA -- After a summer of lots of sun and little rain Atlanta is now in a level one drought.

The blaring sun is drying up much of Georiga according to the National Weather Service.

They said it started early and now the whole state is feeling the effects.

“Interestingly enough, we were getting tremendous amounts of rain this winter and it’s almost like when March first clicked in it immediacy changed and it just shut off the faucet,” NWS Senior Service Hydrologist Kent Frantz said.

Right now, most communities are not required to conserve water. But the National Weather Service expects this drought to continue.

And the worst hit are farmers.

11Alive caught up some farmers at the Piedmont Market. They said in their business, it’s pretty much all or nothing.

 “Last year we got like 40 inches of rain within a couple of months in the fall,” Joshua Scott, a farmer with Lucky Leaf Farm in Baldwin, Ga., said. “And now this year there is very little rain.”

And what happens on the farm eventually affects everyone.

“It’s going to impact prices,” Scott said. “They’re not going to be a lot of corn so just like with supply and demand with anything.”

(© 2016 WXIA)


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment