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Lightning strikes over Lake Mead near Hoover Dam on July 28, 2014. (John Locher/AP, file)

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West prepares for possible 1st water shortage declaration

The man-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months, dropping to levels that could trigger the federal government's first-ever official shortage declaration and prompt cuts in Arizona and Nevada.

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