Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Drought affects rural, urban areas of state

1/26/13 -The drought's scorched earth and cracked soil have hit Oklahoma with about $2 billion in damage in the past two years, and the effects are being felt in large and small ways.

The drought's scorched earth and cracked soil have hit Oklahoma with about $2 billion in damage in the past two years, and the effects are being felt in large and small ways.

For Hominy rancher Jerry Lemons, it meant selling off 50 percent of his herd. 

For Tulsa residents, it will mean higher food prices, harder gardens to keep and possibly greater fire hazards and fewer places for recreational lake and river outings. 

The domino effect started in rural farming areas and is now hitting city dwellers.

Read the full 1/26/13 article in Tulsa World here.

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