- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The state has removed 72 counties from drought status thanks to recent rain in Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s office said in a release Tuesday that for the past year all 105 counties have either been under drought emergency, warning or watch status. A new order removes 72 counties from drought status and downgrades 33 into a watch status.

Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office and chair of the Governor’s Drought Response Team, says drought conditions can return quickly.

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