This week’s drought monitor continues the improvement trend that began in early March. The area of the state no longer in drought is 35 percent – more than double the area from just one week ago.
Areas with the highest totals for precipitation thus far in April are in eastern Iowa, where totals have exceeded five inches for the month, or 300 percent of normal. The U.S. Geological Survey is currently reporting that the eastern half of Iowa is experiencing moderate flooding in a line from Dubuque to Chariton.
For a more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends April 4 through April 18 go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/watersummaryupdate
The report is prepared by the technical staff from the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the USGS, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.
For more information, contact Tim Hall 515-281-8169, Tim.Hall@dnr.iowa.gov