The June rains have done only so much good in Missouri. The latest drought assessment leaves 30 counties in north and south-central Missouri in a “phase 3” drought–where some water systems might be overtaxed and there are low stream flows and low reservoir levels. State water resources director Steve McIntosh notes concerns with eleven north Missouri lakes that provide water to communities because they’re not getting their usual runoff. McIntosh says no communities are facing a need to truck in water. But he says if the June rains had not come, several areas might have been seeing that possibility in October or November.
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