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Heavy rainfall ends prolonged drought in Southern Plains

1 year 1 week 4 days ago Tuesday, July 02 2019 Jul 2, 2019 July 02, 2019 10:29 AM July 02, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By TIM TALLEY
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The heavy rains that caused severe flooding in the central U.S. this spring also had the positive effect of ending a prolonged drought in the Southern Plains.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that Oklahoma was drought-free as of June 25 for the first time in more than two years. A year earlier, more than 72% of the state was experiencing some degree of drought.

Drought-free conditions also were reported in Kansas, which recorded its wettest month on record in May. And all of Arkansas and nearly 96% of Texas are also now drought-free.

This spring's storms caused heavy flooding along many waterways, including the Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

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