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Rain washes away drought in region

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Rain washes away drought in region
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

There may not be much that's good about all the severe weather South Dakota and the Northern Plains have endured during the past week.

But at least drought conditions are mostly gone.

In the latest report released by the High Plains Regional Climate Center in Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday, only a small sliver of southeast South Dakota in the James River valley was experiencing "abnormally dry" conditions, the least severe dryness status.

The rest of the Dakotas had no dry or drought conditions as of June 18. Parts of southeast South Dakota have received 200 to over 300 percent of normal rainfall since June 1.