07/14/2015 12:47 EDT | Updated 07/14/2016 01:12 EDT

Alberta county declares agricultural disaster over drought, grasshoppers

EDMONTON — A rural municipality west of Edmonton has declared a state of agricultural disaster due to severe drought.

Council members in Parkland County voted unanimously for the emergency status.

Mayor Rod Shiagec says he will be notifying provincial and federal government officials.

He'll be requesting the region receive disaster recovery assistance.

Shiagec says moisture levels in some areas are the lowest recorded in the last 50 years and crops are devastated across the region.

He says grasshoppers have added to the problem.

The Canadian Press