Governor views “serious” drought situation in southwest Kansas

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback toured drought-stricken areas of southwest Kansas yesterday. Issues discussed during community meetings in Elkhart, Hugoton and Liberal included insurance concerns, possible changes in water law, five-year flex water accounts and drought emergency term permits for water. The governor and members of his administration also visited a Morton County farm to see the impact of the drought.

Brownback called the situation “serious.” In addition to the affects on food production, concern was expressed about the ability to ensure public water supplies. He said the tour was important in identifying what the state can do to help.

The governor has issued drought declarations placing 62 counties in emergency, warning or watch status. His action authorizes and directs all state agencies to implement the appropriate response actions assigned in the operations plan by the governor’s drought response team.

This is the second drought tour Gov. Brownback has taken this year. After meeting with southwest Kansas residents and leaders in early May, he took an aerial tour of Haskell, Gray and Meade counties. 

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