Oklahoma Rain A Mixed Blessing For Drought-Stricken Ranchers

Jun 17, 2015
Originally published on June 17, 2015 3:14 pm

The National Weather Service says another 4 to 5 inches of rain could fall today on areas still recovering from Memorial Day weekend floods that left 14 dead and two missing along the Blanco River in Texas.

Forecasters have issued a flash flood warning for seven counties in southeastern Texas as a Tropical Depression Bill makes its way inland. As the storm heads north, it could drop up to 9 inches of rain on parts of Oklahoma, a state still waterlogged from record-setting rainfall in May.

All that rain has been a double-edged sword for Oklahoma’s livestock producers. It ended years of drought and will help foster hay and forage growth. But for some ranchers, the floods washed away infrastructure and dispersed their herds. Jacob McCleland of KGOU reports.


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