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Below-average rain not seen drying up reservoirs

bear holeWORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Below-average rainfall is robbing surface soil of moisture, but rain and snow during fall and winter have left Massachusetts reservoirs at normal levels.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that Worcester Public Works and Parks Commissioner Robert L. Moylan Jr. says the 10 reservoirs that provide the city’s public water supply are at the level they should be at this time of year.

Worcester’s reservoirs are at 102 percent of capacity and officials say it would take many months of drought before water levels would become a concern.

Some immediate problems loom. Spring is brush fire season and the Taunton office of the National Weather Service is warning of an elevated fire danger that will likely continue until at least Wednesday when forecasters are calling for rain.