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Governor updates drought emergency, warnings, watches

Handful of area counties on the list

TOPEKA – Extreme drought conditions continue for western Kansas while central and eastern counties see improvement. This has led Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with an Executive Order 13-02 today. For the first time since July 2012 conditions have improved enough to remove or decrease the emergency drought status for some Kansas counties. 
As for area counties, Ness and Russell still fall in the drought emergency category, the most severe. Pawnee and Rush counties fall in the drought warning, the second most severe classification.
“We are thankful recent rains have helped remove 23 counties from ...

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