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Indiana drought continues to worsen despite rain

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The federal government’s weekly drought update shows Indiana’s drought is continuing to worsen despite recent rainfall.

Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor update classifies 25 percent of the state covering western and southwestern Indiana as experiencing an exceptional drought, up slightly from last week. An exceptional drought is the report’s worst drought category.

Nearly 70 percent of the state is now facing extreme drought conditions, up from last week’s 60 percent. And about 90 percent of Indiana is facing at least a severe drought, an increase from last week’s 85 percent. The federal map classifies drought into four stages ranging from moderate to exceptional. Indiana’s least drought-stricken counties are in the northwest, southeast and east-central, where a moderate drought prevails.



Posted 8/9/2012