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August 16, 2002

State leaders are working to get drought relief for farmers, but some South Georgians with dry wells blame farmers for their water woes.

Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin has asked the governor for drought assesments throughout the state. If enough farmers experience losses, the president could declare a disaster. When Congress reconvenes after Labor Day they could make federal money available to help Georgia farmers. 

Meanwhile, In Worth County some people who live on Duran Drive are having water problems again. Their wells went dry last month. They say it's because an area farmer has begun irrigating again.

An Emergency water supply tanker that was in the Worth County neighborhood was brought to Lee County this week when 50 wells went dry in the NorthHampton Subdivision off Lover's Lane. Lee County fire officials say few people have taken advantage of the free water.