News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 12, 2012

Report: Much of central Indiana in extreme drought area

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis and several nearby counties have been added to the parts of Indiana listed as being in extreme drought.

The new U.S. Drought Monitor report released today lists nearly 30 percent of Indiana as being in extreme drought. That’s up from about 23 percent of the state a week ago, with much of the northeastern and southwestern part of Indiana still listed in extreme drought.

The report labels more than 99 percent of Indiana in at least moderate drought after scant rainfall over the past couple months.

The drought has experts rating more than half of Indiana’s corn crop in poor or very poor condition and the city of Indianapolis imposing a ban on lawn watering because of dropping reservoirs.