Dry SE Kansas ready for days of rain

Parsons, Kan. - Weather officials say southeast Kansas is in good shape to handle several days of steady rainfall because of a shortage of precipitation that goes back a year.

State Climatologist Mary Knapp says the area's precipitation since last April is about 72 percent of what it normally would be. She says National Weather Service forecasts for up to 8 inches of rain between Monday and Wednesday night in southeast Kansas "would be a very, very good start to our spring season."

Labette County emergency management director Larry Steeby says his county is relatively dry, so "the first couple of inches will probably not be a big deal." He says several more inches of rain on top of that might cause some initial flooding in low-lying areas and possible flash floods.

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