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Rain brings flooding to parts of Oklahoma, relief in drought stricken areas

A storm system dumped more than three inches of rain in parts of Oklahoma in just an hour, causing flooding in the Oklahoma City area. In western parts of the state stricken by severe drought, the rain was sorely needed.
BY BRYAN PAINTER and BRYAN DEAN Published: September 17, 2013

A storm system brought much-needed rain Monday to parts of the state that desperately needed it and caused flood warnings in central Oklahoma.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report showed part of southwest Oklahoma in exceptional drought, the worst category. Moderate to extreme drought conditions extended across most of western Oklahoma.

Matt Muller farms in the Martha area, about 10 miles northwest of Altus in the worst drought area. Muller said it began raining about 5 p.m. Monday at his house.

By 6 p.m., Muller's rain gauge at his house had recorded 3.9 inches of rain.

“That's the heaviest rain in years at our house,” he said. “Only two words, ‘Praise God.'”

Rain totals in the area varied wildly, though. The closest Oklahoma Mesonet station to Muller is near Mangum, and it recorded .67 inches by 8 p.m. A Mesonet site near Altus measures .51 inches by that time.

After the rain slowed Monday, Muller drove to check rain gauges in some of his fields. One gauge a mile south of his house recorded 1.6 inches, but another three miles north recorded only seven-tenths of an inch.

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