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Drought Emergency Issued By Executive Order

Drought conditions continue to intensify for Kansas which led Governor Sam Brownback to update the drought declaration for Kansas counties with an executive order.

The update includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status.

The updated drought declaration has 36 counties in an emergency status, 55 counties in a warning status and 14 in watch status. This action was recommended by Tracy Streeter, Director of the Kansas Water Office and chair of the governor’s drought response team. It is important to also note that farmers and ranchers need to keep open dialogue with their local county emergency boards as they continue to monitor crop conditions for losses that may have occurred due to drought, severe storms and hail throughout the state.

This executive order shall remain in effect for those counties so identified until rescinded by executive order or superseded by a subsequent executive order revising the drought stage status of the affected counties.

The governor’s drought response team will continue to watch the situation closely and work to minimize the effects the drought has on Kansans. Counties in northwest Kansas that are in a drought emergency include: Norton, Decatur, Graham, Phillips, Cheyenne, Gove, Logan, Rawlins, Rooks, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas and Trego.