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Central VA feels effects of fifth driest November on record

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

The end of summer is not the end of water restrictions, or water problems. In fact, with the first day of winter in sight, Lake Chesdin, one of Chesterfield's primary water sources, is far from full.

The lack of rain is also causing the fall fire season to be extended and water use restrictions to stay in place until we receive some rain.

Levels about a foot and a half below normal at Lake Chesdin Reservoir concern Bob Wichser with the Appomattox River Water Authority.

"We'd really like to have it full right now," said Wichser.

NBC12 Meteorologist Andrew Freiden says this November was one of the driest months on the record books.

"We had a long, dry November," said Freiden. "We only had two days with rain but those days were pretty light - about a quarter inch of rain in November. That puts us way below average. This time of year, you want to set some rain to recharge the soil, making everything you planted grow."

Earlier this summer, neighbors in South Chesterfield, Prince George and surrounding counties had to use water sparingly, but months and months of little rain take their toll. Rocks are dry as a bone.

It would be ideal for the reservoir to be full enough for water to spill over the dam, instead it remains a quiet gathering place for the birds.

"Our biggest concern here is we're not getting the rainfall we need to keep the inflow up on this reservoir so it maintains itself full," said Wichser.

If the lake doesn't fill by early next year, the water authority may have to ask the state to with-hold some of the water it releases into the Appomattox River.

Those mandatory water restrictions will continue until levels are high enough.

The fall fire season has also been extended from November 30 to December 10.

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