Bacon urges governor to declare Southwest Indiana a disaster area

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Wednesday, May 3, 2017 3:43 pm

STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) is reaching out to the governor’s office, asking the executive branch to declare portions of Southwest Indiana a disaster area due to flooding caused by near record rainfall.

Bacon said hundreds of acres of farmland in Warrick and surrounding counties are under water. Rain and inclement weather throughout the spring season destroyed crops and closed down flooded roadways. Bacon met with farmers and local officials about the repercussions of the flooding.

“Farmers have an impact on our economy, and this flooding is causing them to have to replant and hope that their yield will be worth something when they take it to market in the fall,” Bacon said. “The forecast shows we are expecting more rain heading into the weekend, which will cause more damage and pose some safety threats as more roads are flooded.”

The governor’s office is working with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security on Bacon’s request for the flooded areas of Southwest Indiana to be declared a disaster area. Bacon said if a disaster area is declared, there may be some financial relief for damaged property from the State’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Bacon encourages motorists to use caution and do not drive through flooded areas.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

A high-resolution photo of Bacon can be downloaded by clicking here.