OTTUMWA — Drought has finally left Wapello County.
The U.S. Drought Monitor released its updated map of drought conditions on Thursday, and things have improved. Eastern Wapello County is still considered abnormally dry, but drought is not present. It is the best rating for Wapello County since early August 2013.
Things improve to the south and west. Monroe County has only a sliver of dry conditions in the far northeast corner, and Appanoose and Davis counties are considered to be back to normal.
Van Buren County is in much the same condition as Wapello, with normal conditions in the west and dry conditions east.
Drought hasn’t entirely left the area, though. Eastern Mahaska County and northern Jefferson County remain in moderate drought, as does virtually all of Keokuk County.
Statewide, only 40 percent of Iowa is abnormally dry or worse. That figure was more than 55 percent in last week’s report.