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Dreary days, yes, but the drought is officially over
By Matthew Collette, Globe Correspondent
An unusually wet February brought groundwater levels back above normal levels across the state, causing the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to announce today that it had lifted a drought advisory issued in October.
The advisory issued Oct. 10 by MEMA cited the concern that unusually dry conditions might cause fallen leaves to fuel hard-to-fight fires. The drought advisory affected all parts of the state except Cape Cod and the Berkshires.
Above-normal precipitation levels in the first three months of the year -- notably February, when precipitation levels were 270 percent above normal -- brought groundwater levels back up.
Despite the end of the drought advisory, state officials reminded homeowners that they should still take efforts to conserve water and protect the environment.
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