More than three-fourths of Indiana, including Boone County, is in a drought ranging from moderate to severe, federal officials said Thursday.

The U.S. Drought Monitor placed Boone in the “moderate drought” category, joined by all or parts of 39 other counties. Almost a third of Indiana was experiencing severe drought, and all or parts of seven counties in far southwestern Indiana were in extreme drought. The percentage of Indiana counties considered in at least one of the four stages of drought nearly doubled in a week, to 78.24 percent.

The declarations were based on information collected Tuesday, and did not reflect the rainfall dropped on the county by a line of thunderstorms late Thursday.

For the rest of this story, see the June 22 issue of The Lebanon Reporter.

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