Kansas City needs more rain to break drought

09/12/2013 10:26 AM

09/17/2013 5:56 PM

Cloudy skies on Thursday morning in Kansas City yielded a few rain drops, but the stubborn drought maintained its grip.

Total rainfall for this month has only been 0.81 of an inch. The normal amount of precipitation is 1.70 inches.

For the year, the Kansas City area has fallen behind on precipitation, getting only 23.48 inches compared with the norm of 29.30 inches.

It’s a far cry from 36 years ago on Sept. 12, when the Kansas City area was inundated with rainfall and flooding. Who could forget the torrent of water surging from Brush Creek to fill the Country Club Plaza in 1977?

Stores, restaurants, bars and shops were swamped, and cars bobbed helplessly in deep water on the streets as rain continuously fell. That flood also claimed 25 lives and did $100 million in damage.

Thank goodness for flood control work on Brush Creek, which included new bridges that cross the water. The improvements no doubt have saved lives.

We just need a healthy amount of rainfall now.

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