Drought is the absence of water in the environment for a continued period of time. Since most ecological systems require water to sustain them, and all life requires it, prolonged drought can carry serious consequences for an area, even in the modern era.
In 2007, much of the American South was stricken by drought, and the main effects of it were felt by Atlanta, and surrounding areas in Georgia. Atlanta-area lakes dipped significantly below the water line. The Atlanta governor, Sonny Perdue, has continued to seek government aid and even help through prayer.