Despite recent rains, many counties still in drought status

August 17, 2018 - 2:50 am

Many places in Kansas have had lots of rain recently, but drought conditions in many areas of the state continue to worsen. 

The amount of water and feed for livestock is declining due to the drought conditions. Currently, Kansas has 18 counties considered "Drought Watch" counties, 15 counties falling under "Drought Warning" status and 72 counties in "Drought Emergency" status.  

Those counties in the emergency state are eligible for emergencyt use of water from certain fishing lakes and eligible for water from some federal reservoirs.  

Individuals and communities need to contact the Kansas Water Office (KWO) for a water supply request prior to any withdrawals from lakes.

The Governor’s Drought Response Team will continue to watch the situation closely and work to minimize the effects the drought has on Kansas.



Here is a list of those counties in the "Emergency" status:


Drought Emergency counties (72): Anderson, Atchison, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Brown,  Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Grant, Gray, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Labette,  Leavenworth, Lincoln, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Morton, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Sumner, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wyandotte

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