Warner Visit

Gov. Mark Warner traveled to western Virginia Wednesday, inspecting cornfields that are parched by drought.

Calling it Virginia's worst drought in decades, Warner said he has cut weight restrictions for trucks carrying hay, to make it easier and cheaper for farmers who can't grow their own.

Roanoke County farmer Bill Poage guided the governor through his fields of feed corn that are only half as high as they should be this time of year.

Warner told reporters that Virginia needs a coordinated water policy that could help in times like these.

When asked about statewide water restrictions, Warner said, "We are not there yet."

Mandatory water restrictions in place or about to begin in at least 10 localities, including Roanoke, Richmond, Fredericksburg, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Appomattox and the counties of Chesterfield, Caroline and Spotsylvania.

At least 20 other localities have voluntary water restrictions.


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