US Senator Dick Durbin, looking at the shrinking Lake Springfield, used the situation to again bring the issue of global climate change to the fore. The city's main water source, like many others around the state, is down 2-1/2 feet, a level it doesn't usually hit until the end of summer. Durbin spoke standing in front of a boat launch. Lake levels have receded so much that part of a pier that's usually over water, was instead laying on dry concrete
"It clearly needs to be monitored. There's little or nothing we can do to change it. We are going to face a lot of disaster costs related to this. These extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and more costly."
Durbin says Congress should set aside money to deal with natural disasters like this year's drought. Currently, emergency relief is funded in one of two ways, adding to the deficit, or cutting from other programs. Springfield officials say they don't think there will be a long-term problem with the lake, unless the drought extends through the winter and into next year.
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