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Experts considering drought, even after historically wet spring

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – Experts at the US Geological Survey, as well as the Iowa Flood Center, say counties in Southern Iowa could be at risk for drought.

“We just have high-flows on our mind. We’re used to seeing rivers at their bank, full, that almost seems normal. So, you kind of forget that drought could be a possibility,” USGS Iowa Director of Operations John Nania said.

KWWL Chief Meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg said after more than 10 inches of rain in Iowa City this May, precipitation really started falling off in July.

“The most rain we saw in a day was 1/2 an inch, and we had a lot of days with temperatures in the 80s and 90s,” Schnackenberg said. “So, it dried out a lot of the ground, even when it did rain.”

“We’re starting to see some drought conditions creep into Iowa,” Nania said.

This news comes after several parts of the state saw record-flooding earlier this year.

“It’s been somewhat of a roller coaster,” Nania said.

Nania says the Iowa River is back to a normal flow of 1,400 cubic feet per second, allowing local fisherman to come back to one of their favorite spots; just south of the Burlington Street bridge.

“There’s bass out here, different kinds of bass,” Fisherman Michael Luangvija said, who’s been monitoring river levels for a while.

“Passing the bridge line, see people fishing. The water’s never been this low,” Luangvija said.



Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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