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Loss Of Trees, Not Flooding, A Concern Upon Isaac’s Arrival

Emergency management officials say streams are unlikely to flood over because of the drought.

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Photo: courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Hurrican Isaac moves inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

County emergency management agency directors say they are less worried about the negative effects of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac hitting Indiana than they were early in the week.

Bartholomew County EMA Director Dennis Moats says he is still watching updates from the National Weather Service, but they do not quicken his pulse like they used to.

“They are lowering their predictions slightly, and every time that goes down a little bit, I think we all breathe a little easier,” Moats says.

Moats and other EMA directors say they are not worried about flooding because the drought has sapped so much water from Indiana waterways.  What Vigo County Deputy EMA Director J.D. Kesler worries about are trees in his area.

“With the drought situation, the tree root systems get weakened and there’s not a lot holding them in,” Kesler says.  “As a results, if you do come up with thunderstorms or tornadic activity and you get any kind of strong wind, you start losing trees.”

Estimates say the storm could dump anywhere between one and six inches of precipitation on the state by the early part of next week.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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