Local & Regional
9:01 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Oklahoma Drought Retreats Westward, Breaks in East

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A small area of an Oklahoma county on the Arkansas border is no longer under a drought — the first time the drought has broken anywhere in the state in the past 10 months.

The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor at the University of Nebraska shows the most extreme drought has gradually retreated from east to west throughout the Midwestern U.S.

Last week more than half of Oklahoma languished under the two most severe drought categories. This week that area has fallen to about a third.

Now — about one-third of Le Flore County is drought-free. Drought Mitigation Center Director Michael Hayes says every part of the state had been in a drought since last June.