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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – If you assumed that the drought is a thing of the past, you’re only partially correct.

Jody Farhat with the Missouri River Water Management Division says the drought is indeed over in our area, which has of course been battling floods on both the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers.

But she says looking at the Missouri River basin as a whole it’s a different story.

“We still do have pretty severe drought conditions in parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado,” says Farhat. “That’s why were talking about the continuation of the drought even though we’ve seen some pretty extensive flooding in the last couple of weeks.”

Since drought conditions still persist upstream, the Corps of Engineers is only providing minimum flow support on the Missouri through the end of this month to keep more water in upstream dams.

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