CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice has issued a proclamation officially ending the State of Emergency that had been in place statewide since last month due to drought conditions.

 The original State of Emergency declaration was made Oct. 3 and applied in all 55 West Virginia counties. It was put in place due to a prolonged shortage of rainfall that has caused moderate drought conditions across much of the state and severe drought conditions in southern West Virginia.

All mandatory and voluntary water usage restrictions or guidelines that were included within the State of Emergency declaration are also now lifted.

From staff reports

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