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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Drought Persists

KANSAS CITY, Missouri () -- Recent rains have brought temporary relief to some areas of the southern United States, but experts said one of the worst droughts to hit the region this century is far from over.

The eight-month-old drought had led some old-timers to talk of "Dust Bowl days" of the early 1930s because of the prospect of widespread crop failures and farm bankruptcies.

Agriculture officials in Texas and Oklahoma said even if the drought ends, its financial scars will linger over farming communities for some time to come.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry said the drought had already cost the state $2.4 billion in lost agricultural production.