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Wet May not expected to stop Memorial Day fun at Indiana State Parks

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Despite a soggy May, all DNR campgrounds and cabins at state parks, state reservoirs and state recreation areas are booked to capacity for the holiday weekend.  Across the state, eight state parks are experiencing closures of beaches and/or boat ramps because of recent heavy rainfall. According to Christie Sorrels, […]

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Hoosiers urged to prepare for flooding

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­— Hoosiers are urged to prepare for the upcoming flood season and might want to consider flood insurance. According to the Indiana Department of Insurance, the state had record rainfall last year in June and above average precipitation in July that led to many flash flood watches and warnings across […]

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Wet weather causing extra challenges for orchards and threatening tree health

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A soggy summer filled with heavy rain, flooding and thunderstorms is threatening the health of trees across Indiana. Leaf scorch – the browning of leaves – branch dieback and premature defoliations are symptoms noted on mature oak, tulip and maple trees. Purdue University tree experts said homeowners and landowners […]

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Pence announces disaster loans made available to 27 flood-damaged counties

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Residents in 27 counties will have an opportunity to apply for low-interest disaster loans to help them get back on their feet after flooding caused extensive damage in some parts of the state earlier this year. Gov. Mike Pence announced Wednesday the loans were made available by the U.S. Small […]

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Disaster declaration approved for counties affected by heavy rain and flooding

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Relief is on the horizon for 53 Indiana counties after significant crop damage and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain since May 1 of this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a secretarial disaster declaration on Wednesday for the counties included in the request. “This USDA disaster declaration […]

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Disaster declaration request made for more than 50 counties after wet spring and summer

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Last week, Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to U.S Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack requesting a secretarial disaster declaration for 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties. The request comes after crop damage and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain since May 1 of this year. “Recent and unprecedented heavy […]

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Pence visits farmers to survey flood damage

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence visited northern Indiana Wednesday to survey damage caused by the recent heavy rainfall. He met with Hoosier farmers in Cass and Jasper counties to see how much damage has been done and to gauge the potential economic impact for farmers across Indiana. “Our farmers and agriculture industry […]