- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - State environmental officials have issued a drought warning for a large portion of western New York.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s drought warning covers the following counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

The rest of the state remains under a drought watch.

Recent rains helped ease drought conditions in much of the state, but drier conditions persist in western New York.

While there are no state-mandated water restrictions, New York residents are strongly encouraged to voluntarily conserve water.

Local water restriction may apply.

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