The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Not quite bone dry, but getting close

 

August 26, 2021

NICK PEDLEY/SENTINEL-NEWS

Like every other body of water in northwest Iowa, the Ocheyedan River (pictured here near Everly) is extremely low due to the ongoing drought.

The Ocheyedan River west of Everly had more grass growing in its bed than water flowing through it Tuesday evening. This summer's drought has greatly affected streamflow in local rivers, creeks and ditches, with many having dried up or been reduced to a trickle.

According to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, a majority of Clay County is experiencing severe drought-like conditions, with a finger in the northeast corner classifed in extreme drought. O'Brien County was faring better, with roughly half the county experiencing severe drought while the other half is labeled under m...



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