Dried-up dams, boats at bottom of reservoirs and rapidly shrinking lakes: Extraordinary images of the devastating drought in the West

Monday, September 22, 2014
By Paul Martin

430,000 acres of land will be left fallow in California – because there hasn’t been enough rain or snow
Forecasters have predicted that the drought is not likely to be relieved in October, November or December
It’s also believed the drought will continue next year through most of California, most of Nevada and Western Ohio
Residents in East Porterville forced to rely on donated drinking water as local water wells run completely dry

By Wills Robinson
DailyMail.com
22 September 2014

Barren land, dams with no water reaching them, boats anchored in dried-up reservoirs and shrinking lake levels.

These extraordinary images show the devastating impact the worst droughts in decades is having on the American West – and forecasters have predicted it is likely to continue.

Around 430,000 acres of land will be left fallow in California – because there hasn’t been enough rain or snow coming from the nearby mountain ranges.

Farmers – who are daily facing the prospect of losing their jobs and everything they have – are hoping for relief this winter, but the situation still remains dire.

The images, taken from the October issue of National Geographic magazine, show boats in a reservoir in Lake Oroville north of Sacramento, California, bunched together because the water levels were so low.

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