Leavenworth County is now under a drought warning.

Leavenworth County is now under a drought warning.

Gov. Jeff Colyer issued an executive order Friday to update a drought declaration for the state.

Under the executive order, the state's 105 counties are under a drought watch, warning or emergency.

An executive order issued in March had placed Leavenworth County under a drought watch. But the latest executive order places the county in the drought warning status.

Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said some rain has fallen recently in Leavenworth County. But the county is short of what is needed.

During the last 18 months, he said rainfall probably has been about six inches less than what is considered average.

He said the drought conditions come at a time when nearby rivers, including the Missouri River, are swollen.

He said the rivers are swollen because of rainfall that has occurred in other areas. He said inland ponds in Leavenworth County are showing signs of the drought conditions.

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