CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Commissioners reactivated the Drought Task Force for the first time in what is believed to be eight years on Tuesday.
According to Mark McCracken, county commissioner, Jerry Pollock, deputy director of the Clearfield County Emergency Management Agency sent the commissioners a letter asking for the task force to be reactivated.
The letter states that due to the lack of rainfall in the last 90 days Clearfield County is coming close to drought conditions. This letter was dated Aug. 1. Clearfield County was recently put on a drought watch list with 57 other counties by the Department of Environmental Protection.
Pollock stated that in the last 90 days the county is behind four inches of precipitation from historical averages.
Pollock says in his letter that the task force will be made up of members of municipal authorities, elected officials, emergency respondeds, the National Weather Service and emergency management. The reason for the task force, according to Pollock, is to come up with plans to deal with a potential drought.
“It’s good to be proactive,” said Mike Lytle, county commission of the reactivation of the task force.
Lytle added that he knows of one area, Croft, that is currently having water problems.
The task force will meet on Aug. 15 at the 911 call center.