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Drought puts off fall drawdown of three W.Va. lakes

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Extreme drought conditions across the Greater Mississippi Valley are affecting the fall drawdown of three lakes in West Virginia.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it's temporarily halting the fall drawdown of Sutton and Summersville lakes. The start of Bluestone Lake's drawdown is being delayed.

The corps said the drawdown adjustments are necessary due to expected low water levels on the lower Ohio River and points downstream.

Drawdown of the three lakes will resume Dec. 1. They are expected to reach winter pool by Dec. 10.


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