Low levels at many Oklahoma lakes, rivers

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - In a near-repeat of last summer, drought conditions are expanding throughout Oklahoma, causing lower water levels at several area lakes and rivers, and some forecasters are predicting little relief in sight as the state enters the worst of the season.

Even though some parts of the state could see a chance of rain next week, the National Weather Service notes that summer's not even half over yet.

On Skiatook Lake, which was about 5 feet below normal levels, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was alerting boaters to the potential hazards of the low water. And the Illinois River is about one-third the flow that it should be this time of year, and officials are warning conditions could get even worse.

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