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May 21, 1986

Farmers in the parched Southeast were busy planting crops after heavy rainfall brought relief from a record dry spell, but officials said more is needed to end the drought danger and replenish reservoirs. "We were about to lose hope," said James Farmer of Elmore County, just northeast of Montgomery, Ala., where topsoil had been dry for as deep as 36 inches. "But this rain, it's been a lifesaver." During a three-day period, the storms dumped 3.75 inches of rain on Montgomery.

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