Wichita Falls, Tex. – Flooding rains in Oklahoma and Texas have left many rivers and lakes overflowing their banks, but there is an upside to all the downpours. The Southern Plains overcame a severe four-year drought in a little over a month.
At the beginning of April, much of Oklahoma and North Texas were in a “severe” or “extreme” drought, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. By the end of May, only sporadic areas were in the “abnormally dry” or “moderate drought” stages.
With farming being such an essential part of the economy in Oklahoma and North Texas, these areas are glad to be quenching the land’s thirst. This drought has been plaguing the region for 4 years, and for many people, the squishing of mud between their toes is a welcome sound.