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The “Drought Warning” enacted in August 2023 by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality was lifted on Feb. 1st.
However, a “Drought Advisory” continues for the Shenandoah
drought evaluation region.
This includes the counties of: Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Page,
Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren counties.
Although recent rain and snow have increased current moisture levels in soil, streams, and rivers a drought advisory remains in effect.
Long term precipitation deficits remain in the Shenandoah Valley.
For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.
A Maryland repossession agent was shot and killed while on the job in West Virginia.
Augusta County residence Michael McCaughey saw his vehicle was being repossessed and became irate retrieved a firearm and shot Hagerstown Maryland repossession officer Cody Carlin.
After the shooting McCaughey fled but was immediately apprehended by authorities along Route 50.
The 39-year-old McCaughey is being held on a on a $500,000 cash only bond.
By the time Hampshire County Emergency Medical Service Personnel arrived the 27-year-old Carlin had succumbed to his injuries.
Further information and full report from CUrepossession is here.