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Official: Kansas still needs more rain

August 20, 2015

— A Kansas official says despite recent rain, sections of western Kansas still need about five inches of rain before they make up what they lost in the drought.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Diane Knowles, an environmental specialist with the Kansas Water Office, says even some areas in northeast Kansas haven't benefited from more frequent rains this year.

She spoke Wednesday at the Kansas Environmental Conference in Topeka.

Knowles says in June, 33 western Kansas counties were still under a drought watch due to low stream flows and soil moisture. In some areas, the drought was severe enough to raise concerns about water supplies.

Overall, most Kansas counties have more moisture than they did a year ago. Rainfall can be scattered so crops have struggled even in eastern Kansas.

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