People living in poverty who also live in states experiencing drought are being hit especially hard by the conditions, which can have a significant impact on access to food and water. "Sometimes it's easier to deal with too much of something -- like a flood or a big storm that comes in. It's something we can respond to rapidly because it's an event," Colorado State University geography professor Melinda Laituri said. "It's only after several years that we realize we are in a drought."

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