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Altus Still Dealing with Drought Conditions

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ALTUS Okla_ 7News has new information on how towns in our area are dealing with the drought.

The City of Altus has received $100,000 from the Oklahoma Emergency Management Department to reimburse the city for fixing broken pipes, the streets and other infrastructure damage caused by the drought.

Altus Emergency Management Director Lloyd Colston said they documented the expenses of the drought damage, the state sent out a reviewer, and then they were reimbursed for the money they have spent so far.

"We still remain in a drought, which is why we now have the governor's drought emergency declaration this week," Colston said.

This will allow Altus to apply for money from the Oklahoma Drought Commission. Colston said this will be an important step in recovering their water quality by drilling wells or trying to find other water resources. The city has an approved hazard mitigation plan with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, so they are now able to apply for other mitigation projects that will help in a drought, because drought was specifically mentioned in that plan.

The City of Altus gets it water from two lakes, and one of those lakes is Tom Steed. The shoreline is several hundred feet back from where it used to reach on the ground. Altus gets their other water supply from is Lake Lugert. Colston estimates the water in both of these lakes will last about two years.

The drought has forced Altus into Stage Three Water Conservation, meaning you are only allowed to use water outside once per week. All car washes are also closed every Monday.

Colston encourages Altus citizens to continue conserving water.

"I appreciate that so much," Colston said. "Citizens are doing what it takes to conserve the water. The statement I frequently use is ‘Use the water you need, need the water you use.'"

There will be a public meeting October 24th in Altus to discuss a hazard mitigation program and how the city is going to use the federal money that will be available in a year to mitigate the drought.



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