State officials say the early drawdown of water levels at Lake Springfield is one clear indicator of a serious drought across Central and Southern Illinois.
The Illinois State Water Survey says even in years of drought, major water supplies usually stay at full pool well into July. But officials began drawing down levels at Lake Springfield on June 1st…and the lake is down a quarter-of-a-foot since then.
Agriculture experts say crops are starting to show signs of stress from the lack of rainfall. Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel says it looks like summer will be a continuation of the warm, dry conditions of spring.