Summer Weather Goes to Extremes
MADELEINE BRAND, host:
Back now with DAY TO DAY and a weather update. It's summer, so that means heat and fire and floods. Kansas and Oklahoma are still waterlogged. It's been raining there for weeks. It's especially messy in Coffeyville, Kansas. A flash flood there released 42,000 gallons of oil into the flooded city. Fire Captain Mike Mansfield says things are finally starting to settle down.
Captain MICHAEL MANSFIELD (Coffeyville Fire Department): The river that caused the flooding, it actually is receding. At one of the highest points, it was 30.5 feet. Right now it's approximately 21 feet and they're expecting it to be back inside a flood stage, I believe tomorrow at 18 feet.
BRAND: Lots of rain in Texas too. The wet weather there comes after years of severe drought. Last year was one of the driest on record. Texan farmers had a hard time watering their crops. This year it's been so wet they can't even harvest some of them. Travis Miller teaches agriculture at Texas A&M University.
Dr. TRAVIS MILLER (Texas A&M University): The ranchers are happy. You'd never find a rancher this satisfied with getting the rain, but a field crop producers and the people harvesting hay are not real happy with the situation.
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