If one picture is worth 1,000 words, here are a couple of thousand, maybe more, showing how serious the drought has been in the Rockdale area. Photo below shows Sheckles Lane (CR 429), just north of the San Gabriel bridge in December, 2010. The top photo shows the same view this week, a little over two years later. James Perry, who owns the property on the west (left) side of the road, said so many trees were dead and dying that a massive clearing effort had to be undertaken. The lane had been a favorite summer and fall drive for decades.

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