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[IDHS] Recent Rains Have Helped; Indiana Still Suffering Drought
Start Date: 8/14/2012
End Date: 8/14/2012
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Recent rains have helped; Indiana still suffering drought
Conservation efforts help extend water resource

INDIANAPOLIS – Even as recent rains and cooler temperatures have helped ease the drought, state officials are advising Hoosiers to remain cautious and continue conservation measures.

Inconsistent rain for the last few months means a mixture of local conditions across the state. Some areas have perked up, while others remain visibly dry.

Water conservation is working
Water conservation is of utmost importance, especially during a drought. Every gallon of water saved through various measures means fewer difficulties for residential wells, perhaps one owned by your neighbor. Even if you have a private well, you’re helping your neighbor by conserving water.

“August rainfall so far has been good for much of central Indiana, but is still lacking in portions of southern Indiana,” said Al Shipe with the Indianapolis Office of the National Weather Service. “September and October, however, are climatologically among the driest months of the year.”

Burn bans and fire hazard
Some burn bans have expired, but residents still need to be careful with daily activities such as fire pits, barbecues, discarding lit cigarettes and farm machinery. These are all still potential hazards.

“A little rain is good, but it’s going to take steady rain over weeks before drought conditions abate,” said Joe Wainscott, executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. “Water conservation and common sense with fire prevention will be key.”

Brush and other fires involving grass, leaves, hay, crops and other natural fuels have been more frequent and more difficult to contain.

“Fires are starting easier, and are more difficult to contain and extinguish,” said Drew Daily with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. “Fires are also larger because grass, leaves and other natural fuels are much drier than usual. In this situation, an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure.”

Disaster loan assistance for agriculture-related and other businesses
Lack of rainfall and heat has devastated crops and impaired livestock owners’ ability to care for animals.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Small Business Administration have enacted programs to help agriculture and other businesses that have been injured by the drought.

For more information on any of these topics, go to drought.in.gov.

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Media Contacts
NWS, Dave Tucek, (317) 856-0361, David.Tucek@noaa.gov
DNR, Phil Bloom, 317.232.4003, pbloom@dnr.in.gov
ISDA, Misty Livengood, (317) 690-3303, mlivengood@isda.in.gov
IDHS, John Erickson, 317.234.4214, jerickson@dhs.in.gov
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