Russell County now in ‘moderate drought’

Russell County and the Lake Cumberland area is now in a “moderate drought,” according to the most recent data released on Thursday from the U.S. Drought Index.

A swath of moderate drought is now showing up in Russell, Adair, Casey, Pulaski, Wayne and Taylor counties up through a portion of the Bluegrass region in central Kentucky.

Wednesday’s rainfall was not taken into account into this week’s update. Still, more rainfall will be needed to reverse the recent dry trend.