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Tennessee town runs out of water

<p>The severe drought across the American southeast has threatened the water supply of cities large and small.</p>

Tank filled from Alabama hydrant


The severe drought across the American southeast has threatened the water supply of cities large and small.



But for the Tennessee town of Orme the worst-case scenario has already come to pass: The water has run out.



A waterfall that fed the mountain hamlet of 145 residents has been reduced to a trickle, and now the creek running through the centre of town is dry.



Three days a week, the town’s volunteer fire chief makes about a dozen runs in a 1961 fire truck from an Alabama fire hydrant, hauling about 75,000 litres of water to Orme’s tank.



Water restrictions in Orme are nothing new. But residents say it’s never been this bad.



















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  • During the 1930s, Orme boasted a population of thousands, a jail, three schools and a hotel. But after coal miners went on strike in the 1940s, the company shut down the mine. Now, not a single business is left in Orme.


 
 
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