Mo. drought moves boats from docks to rocks

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - High temperatures and a lack of rain continue to plague much of the country.

Some of the most severe drought conditions are being felt throughout the Midwest, including Kansas and Missouri, where conditions are threatening city water supplies, putting family farms at risk and drying up area lakes.

In Lee's Summit, the Drought in the Heartland has gotten so bad, some docked boats on a lee's summit lake are now sitting on rocks instead of water.

The water level at Lakewood Lake began getting low in 2011, and with this year's drought, the lake is beginning to shrink as the level continues to get lower.

Michael Mangiere has lived at Lakewood since 1986. He said he has never seen the water level so low.

He says the water has level has dropped at least six feet.

" I saw a gentleman the other day pulling a boat in and putting it into a slip. He was about a third of the way out and he just about wait high in water. It should've been a lot deeper," he said.

Mangiere said the Lakewood Association has warned residents about the low water level.

In both states, crops are dying as the lack of any substantial rain continues

In Kansas, about 70 percent of the corn crop was rated in poor to very poor condition in this week's report from the Agricultural Statistics Service.

Missouri's corn crop was even worse, with about 84 percent labeled either poor or very poor.

In Bolivar, restrictions are in place because city wells are running low on water.

"The drought has been excessive in this region for several weeks," said Bolivar City Adminstrator Darin Chappell. "And it's not just that we've have the 100 degree-plus temperatures, but they started so early."

All 114 counties in Missouri have been declared disaster areas. Ninety-three percent of the state is suffering through extreme drought conditions.

It's the worst the Franscka family, in Polk County, has seen in more than 50 years of dairy farming.

Their ponds are dried-up and their pastures haven't produced any hay or a place to graze. So they have to pay for feed.

David Franscka says his family has spent an extra $150,000 in added costs.

"If you have normal grain prices and normal commodity prices and you don't have to buy all this hay, you know that's money that would be sittinG in the bank."

Costs that will be passed on to consumers.

"This is just the beginning of something that's not going to be good for everybody," Franscka said, "because you're going to start feeling this in a couple of months at the grocery stores"

NBC News and The Associated Press Contributed to this Report
 

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