The Associated Press
More than half of Indiana is now listed in extreme drought in a swath of the state’s midsection that goes its entire length.
The new U.S. Drought Monitor report released today says almost 54 percent of Indiana is in extreme drought, a situation that experts say will take weeks of regular rainfall to relieve.
The new report nearly doubles from last week the percentage of the state listed in extreme drought.
The report labels more than 99 percent of the state as being in at least moderate drought. The only exception is a small area just north of Louisville, Ky.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a natural disaster for 80 of Indiana’s 92 counties because of the drought's damage to crops.