In a letter sent earlier this week to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack, Governor Mike Pence requested a secretarial disaster declaration for 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties due to crop damage and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain since May 1 of this year. In 50 counties, reported crop damage and losses have met or exceeded 30 percent of a crop, and three counties have experienced a significant number of damages and losses to multiple crops. Under a disaster designation, low-interest emergency loans will be made available to all producers suffering losses in the 53 affected counties. Some of the counties listed are Greene, Clay, Boone, Hendricks, Putnam and Montgomery County.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will have lane restrictions on State Road 59 beginning Tuesday, August 4, weather permitting. S.R. 59 will be chip and sealed from State Road 236 down to U.S.36. Motorists are encouraged to seek an alternate route. Depending on weather conditions, crews will be on site from 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Work is expected to last through Tuesday, August 11.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched earlier today to a single vehicle accident at approximately 2:30am. When deputies arrived on scene at the intersection on CR 625 West and US 40 they discovered a pick up truck stuck in a ditch. Upon further investigation the male driver of the truck was found with a large gash across his head. Reelsville VFD was then requested at 2:45am who attended the patient until Operation Life arrived. The driver signed a Statement of Release and was not transported. Seniours was then dispatched to get the truck out of the ditch. Minimal damage was done to the pickup truck. The scene was cleared at 3:30am.