TULARE COUNTY (KPIX 5) — The federal government is stepping in to help California communities, particularly in rural areas, in danger of drying out during the drought.
According to a statement by the United States Department of Agriculture, the department is announcing additional federal aid for rural California communities struggling with some of the driest conditions ever recorded.READ MORE: UPDATE: Penngrove House Fire, Spot Fires Contained; Evacuations North of Petaluma Lifted
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The department said California is enduring its third driest year on record.READ MORE: East Oakland Shooting Injures 1, Latest In Spate Of Gun Violence
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit the Central Valley town of Farmersville on Friday to make the official announcement of aid.
The USDA said the money is expected to help rural communities that could experience a significant decline in the quantity or quality of drinking water because of the drought.MORE NEWS: COVID: Contra Costa Health Officials Say 135 Hospitalized With Virus, Implore Unvaccinated To Get Shots
The department has declared 57 of the state’s 58 counties as primary natural disaster areas due to drought.