Skillman: No Statewide Water Emergency Coming Soon
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman (center) speaks on Indiana's drought. (WIBC.com photo: Reed Parker)
State agriculture officials continue to monitor the drought situation in Indiana.
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman says 50 Indiana counties have been declared primary disaster areas, which affects 24 contigous counties as well. Lt. Gov. Skillman also says don't look for the Governor to declare a statewide water emergency. "We can't find that there's been a Governor's declaration of a water shortage emergency that would place a mandate on usage and the overall message is all of us do our share in conserving, we're a long way from seeing the need for that."
Skillman says the state has set up a new website for drought information- drought.in.gov. "On that website you will see updates from the relevant state agencies and USDA, Purdue is feeding us information as well and this goes beyond information for farmers."
The Lt. Governor also says she fully expects more Indiana counties to be declared disaster areas by Thursday.