As a result, Boyd said Scott
, Lee, Wise and Washington counties have gone from experiencing the only extreme drought conditions in Virginia last year to having some of the best rainfall overage totals in the state.
Even though the area is in good shape when it comes to rainfall totals, Scott Jerrell, an agent with the Scott County/Virginia Cooperative Extension, said evidence of the drought could remain visible for some time.
"Most of the trees and things like that are still seeing the effects of the drought, and that's just because the trees are so large it takes a long time to show any damage," he
"They don't just turn around in a day's time.
It's going to take a couple of years for them."
Because of the overage, Jerrell
said Scott County would not seek any disaster relief funds for drought this year.
The heavy rains experienced that year kept conditions from becoming even worse in 2007 and 2008, Jerrell
"The National Weather Service
shows that from 2003 to 2008, we are now 5.5 inches above normal," Jerrell