Governor declares drought alert for 47 Missouri counties

Gov. Mike Parson has directed state agencies to assist drought-affected communities (File).

Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday directed state agencies to look into ways to assist drought-affected Missouri communities.

Data from the Department of Natural Resources showed almost all of Missouri north of the Missouri River was in drought as of July 12, with 15 counties in extreme drought. Parson on Wednesday ordered the activation of the state's Drought Assessment Committee. His order declared a drought alert for 47 counties, including Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Monroe, Randolph and Saline counties.

Parson's order directed state agencies to look at ways to assist drought-assisted communities, including through temporary suspension of rules such as those governing grazing.

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