Close to an inch of rain fell in some parts of Leavenworth County on Thursday. But rainfall for this year is still far behind what is considered normal, an emergency management official said.

Close to an inch of rain fell in some parts of Leavenworth County on Thursday. But rainfall for this year is still far behind what is considered normal, an emergency management official said.

Chuck Magaha, director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said about 35 inches of rain is considered average for Leavenworth County.

But rainfall at the Leavenworth County Shop, which is located at 23690 187th St., has totaled only 21 inches so far this year.

The most recent drought information statement from the regional National Weather Service office shows that about half of Leavenworth County is in what is classified as an exceptional drought. The remaining half is an extreme drought.

Rainfall on Thursday ranged between less than one-half inch to almost an inch, Magaha said.

“It helps,” he said.

Despite local drought conditions, the Missouri River had been on the rise this week in the Leavenworth area. That is because of heavy rainfall that occurred upstream.

According to information from the National Weather Service, the river appeared to have reached its crest at a depth of 16.4 feet early Thursday morning.

The river does not reach its minor flood stage for the Leavenworth area until it rises to 20 feet.

This week, the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Conservation announced Leavenworth County had been added to the list of counties eligible for funds to assist landowners with mitigating the impact of the drought.

The Livestock Water Supply Financial Assistance Initiative provides financial assistance for livestock water supply wells, pipelines, pumps and tanks installed after June 1, according to a news release from KDA.

Additional program details, including the full list of counties now eligible, can be found at www.agriculture.ks.gov/DOC-assistance

Applications must be made through local conservation districts, and questions should be addressed to local conservation districts as well. Contact information for districts can be found at www.agriculture.ks.gov/conservation

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