Dry Conditions Expand Across State

Statewide Iowa — The new US Drought Monitor map shows 90 percent of Iowa is experiencing some type of dryness or drought.

The Iowa DNR’s Tim Hall says only one section of the state has no water worries.

The map shows 32 percent of the state rated as abnormally dry, 47 percent rated as in moderate drought and 10 percent rated as severe drought. Hall says streamflow conditions across approximately half of the state are now classified as “below normal.” He says the dry conditions in the north are now impacting things downstream.

Hall says the dry weather is worse this year because there wasn’t much moisture in the reserve

Hall says the weather data for June, July and August show there is a chance to turn things around.

He says you always have to wait and see with the weather.

Some cities are asking residents to be smart about their water use as the dry conditions continue. Hall says those measures may be ramped up more if the lack of rainfall continues.

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