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Thursday, June 17, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE -- Hoosiers with property and crop damage from this week's severe weather can find recovery information online through the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

Downloadable publications covering topics from flood mitigation to repairing buildings are available on Purdue's Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) state website at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/extension/eden/..., and the clicking on the "Floods, Storms" link.

The EDEN/Purdue Extension publication "First Steps to Flood Recovery" addresses such issues as helping people with disabilities, re-entering buildings, drinking water, salvaging furniture and contacting insurance companies. The publication can be read by logging onto http://www.extension.purdue.edu/floodpub... and then clicking on any of the colored subject matter tabs.

Crop farmers also have online help available to them.

Corn and soybean growers are encouraged to visit the Chat 'N Chew Café's Crop Management for Flood-Damaged Crops website, located at http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/café....

The site is maintained by Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension corn specialist.

Farmers facing weather-delayed soybean planting can learn about planting options from the article "Late Soybean Planting: Switch Maturity Groups" by Shaun Casteel, Purdue Extension soybean specialist. The article may be accessed at http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/soybean/A....

Storm damage has been spotty across Indiana, said Steve Cain, EDEN Homeland Security Project director at Purdue.

"I've heard reports of carpets being flooded in a few houses in various parts of the state, but the Indiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster have received very few requests for assistance," Cain said. "Certainly, there's damage to trees and shrubs from the storms.

"As we look at the river and stream flow that was low about a month ago and now at about 90 percent in the bottom two-thirds of the state, I am concerned with the potential for more flooding. I hope that the predicted days of sunshine allow the rivers and streams to catch up with the demand."

Cain urged caution when clearing away debris.

"My main concern is that people consider proper tree maintenance and chainsaw safety after these latest storms," he said. "Injuries due to chainsaws when cleaning up storm damage are reportedly a bigger issue than some storms."

For questions about storm recovery, contact a county office of Purdue Extension. A complete list of county offices is available at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/extension/Pages....



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