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Drought hitting Elephant Butte State Park water levels

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's severe drought is affecting water levels at Elephant Butte State Park.

KDBC-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports officials at Elephant Butte State Park said this week that water levels are about 18 feet lower compared to last year.

The water levels at Elephant Butte have dropped dramatically thanks to the lack of snow and rainfall in the Colorado Rockies.

Elephant Butte State Park marine enforcement officer Jacob Townsend says the park may have to close areas where visitors typical boat because of the water level decreases.

According to the Federal Drought Monitor, around 86 percent of New Mexico is under severe drought or worse. About 58 percent of the state is under extreme drought or worse.

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