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Report: Drought Lessening in Midwest



 

(KFEQ)--More drenching rain and heavy snow are pulling parts of the midwest out of drought conditions.

In a report released Thursday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says storms in mid-April largely ended the drought in the eastern half of Iowa. Rain also lessened drought conditions in western Iowa.

The report also shows shallow groundwater levels improved in the last two weeks in northwest, southwest and north central Iowa.

Stream flows in most rivers were normal, though some in eastern Iowa were above normal.

Flooding continues to be a concern in Missouri, as recent storms could swell rivers and streams.  


Rain - and even rare May snow in some places - pelted the Heartland Thursday and into Friday, and precipitation is expected to continue through the weekend.

The timing isn't great for river towns. Heavy rain last month led to significant flooding on the Mississippi and in some cases record flooding on the Illinois River. Both rivers are still flooding at many locations in Missouri and Illinois, and will see a bump from the new rain.

 

National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs says the new crests should arrive next week, but fall well short of the April crests.

 

 

 

 


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