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Area still in drought emergency despite recent rainfall Kansas Water Office map

Ten inches of rain or more across the KVOE listening area since Aug. 1 hasn't been enough to remove the state's drought emergency declaration for Lyon or any surrounding county.

In the latest update Tuesday, Gov. Jeff Colyer's office said recent moisture had eased some of the drought conditions for the eastern half of the state. However, there are still water shortages for livestock and forage production is less than half the normal amount, according to Kansas Water Office Director Tracy Streeter. Even with the recent rains, some parts of northeast Kansas are still 10 inches below normal for the calendar year.

With the drought emergency status still in effect, residents and communities in Lyon and surrounding counties can still draw water from state fishing lakes because of a memorandum of understanding between the Water Office and the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Some federal reservoirs are also part of this program.

The drought emergency update comes as the US Drought Monitor's latest information showed some improvement, especially for the southern half of the KVOE listening area. Much of the north half of the listening area is still in severe to extreme drought, but the amount of moderate drought has shriveled. Greenwood County and southern Chase and Coffey counties are now listed as abnormally dry.

The next Drought Monitor update will be issued around 8 am Thursday. Lyon County Extension agent Brian Rees joins KVOE's Newsmaker 2 segment at 8:40 am Thursday to discuss the drought's impact on crops and livestock.

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