Some areas of Leavenworth County saw as much as two inches of rain over the weekend. But the county has a long way to go to emerge from a drought, an emergency management official said.

Some areas of Leavenworth County saw as much as two inches of rain over the weekend. But the county has a long way to go to emerge from a drought, an emergency management official said.

Rainfall totals from Sunday ranged from 0.75 to two inches in the county. The highest rain totals were in northern Leavenworth County.

“It was a good rain,” said Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management.

But drought conditions continue.

A drought information statement released by the National Weather Service on Friday shows that southern Leavenworth is considered to be in an exceptional drought, which is the most severe level listed on the document. The northern half of Leavenworth County is in an extreme drought.

Magaha said the area needs more of what he calls “good, soaking rain.”

He said rain Monday afternoon would probably only add about 0.1 of an inch of precipitation to the area.

A National Weather Service forecast for Leavenworth indicates there is a chance for more rain Thursday.

Despite the drought conditions in Leavenworth County, the Missouri River is expected to rise over the next several days because of heavy rainfall upstream.

“We’ll be monitoring the Missouri River,” Magaha said.

A flood warning has been issued in the St. Joseph, Missouri, area.

As of Monday afternoon, no flood warning had been issued for the Leavenworth area.

At 2 p.m. Monday, the Missouri River was at a depth of 12.07 feet at Leavenworth, according to the National Weather Service.

A forecast predicts the river will rise over the next few days, cresting at 18.5 feet Friday. This would place the river in what is known as its action stage. But the river would not flood at this level.

The river reaches its minor flood stage for the Leavenworth area at 20 feet.

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