5 notable U.S. droughts

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1950s—Great Plains & Southwest

A decade after the Dust Bowl’s end, the Great Plains was subjected to another devastating drought, lasting for approximately five years in the early to mid-1950s. Although the drought affected many states, including Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and New Mexico, Texas was hit especially hard.

The Lone Star State saw total rainfall drop by 40 percent, earning 244 out of the state’s 254 counties the designation of federal disaster areas. In seven years, the disaster cost Texas an estimated equivalent of $22 billion.

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