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Wet spring prepared the city for a dry August

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Despite rising temperatures and high humidity, the city is in good shape when it comes to the water supply thanks to a wet spring. According to Dan Considine, spokesperson with Citizens Energy Group, residents should not expect to see any kind of water restrictions, such as limitations on watering […]

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The Great ShakeOut aims for earthquake preparedness

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More than 22 million people worldwide, including over 700,000 Hoosiers, registered to participate in The Great ShakeOut at 10:15 a.m. Thursday. The eighth annual worldwide earthquake drill was an opportunity for individuals and communities to practice how to protect themselves during an earthquake, wherever they may be, according to […]

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Gov. Mike Pence filed an appeal with FEMA for disaster assistance

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence filed an appeal Wednesday for federal disaster assistance for government and non-profit organizations in 19 Indiana counties that sustained significant damage during storms in June and July. The storms occurred between June 7 and July 20. At least 10 deaths and more than $11 million in damage […]

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State to appeal FEMA’s denial of assistance to 19 counties

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state plans to appeal the denial of federal assistance for 19 counties that sustained damage from severe storms and flooding between June 19 and July 29. Gov. Mike Pence sought assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the request was denied Monday. Pence has ordered the Indiana Department […]

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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 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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Salem elementary school to get a tornado safe room thanks to $1.6M grant

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– An elementary school in Salem is getting ready for a major addition to its campus – one that is intended to make the area a safer place for students, teachers and staff. On Friday Salem Community Schools was awarded a federal grant of nearly $1.6 million for the construction of […]

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Extreme summer temps call for extra precautions

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As temperatures this weekend climb into the 90s, the Division of Homeland Security is warning people to pay close attention to their health. Children, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions are especially at risk in unusually high temperatures. Homeland Security is reminding citizens that health emergencies can quickly […]

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Video & story: State survives first wintry mess

Snows slows morning commute from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Police and more than 600 trucks and snow plows were hard at work Tuesday morning insuring the roads were safe for Hoosiers to travel. Gov. Mike Pence said he is pleased with the morning’s snow response efforts of the […]

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