Effects Of Drought Intensify 21 Dec 12

Residents in southern and southwestern parts of Minnesota are beginning to feel the harsh reality of the ongoing drought hampering the Midwest. Residential wells for some have run dry as aquifers continue to shrink. Some residents of Worthington have seen their wells run dry recently, and utility companies in that area have been receiving an unusually large number of calls for help. In Waseca, the drought has literally hit home, as numerous residents deal with sinking foundations due the clay the homes were built on drying out. Some foundations have lowered several inches, causing thousands of dollars in repairs. Around 25% of the state, mostly southwestern Minnesota, remains in “extreme” drought conditions, and the snow that has fallen around the region won’t run off into rivers and lakes until next spring.