Rainy weekend relieves much of drought

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The rainfall across Indiana from the remnants Hurricane Isaac was enough to relieve the worst of the state’s drought conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report released Thursday says that none of Indiana is now in the worst categories of extreme or exceptional drought. Last week’s report had listed 11 percent of the state in exceptional drought, but much of that area in southwestern Indiana saw 3 inches or more of rain last weekend.

The report still classifies about 55 percent of Indiana as in severe drought, roughly south of a line from Lafayette to Richmond. A month ago, nearly 69 percent of the state was list in extreme or exceptional drought.