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As floodwaters started to recede in some areas of St. Joseph's County and elsewhere in northern Indiana, a Purdue University disaster education specialist cautioned residents returning to their homes about another potential threat to their health and property - mold.
State relief agencies were calling for more volunteers and financial contributions to help victims of back-to-back storms that triggered flooding and tornadoes across a wide swath of north-central Indiana over the past 10 days, damaging homes, commercial buildings and crops and leaving at least a dozen people injured.
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As floodwaters started to recede in some areas of St. Joseph's County and elsewhere in northern Indiana, a Purdue University disaster education specialist cautioned residents returning to their homes about another potential threat to their health and property - mold.
Tree Trunk Cracked
Trees are lost or seriously damaged every year from high winds, heavy rainfall and other storm-related weather. Once the tree is damaged, deciding on what to do is an important process. Urban Forestry Specialist Lindsey Purcell explains common tree injuries and how to identify them, how to conduct a risk assessment when trees are damaged, and steps to take after the storms are over.
photo of soybean field exhibiting blight
Soybean farmers with plants that have emergence issues should consider that seedling blight diseases might be the cause, a Purdue Extension field crops pathologist says.
photo of a dry soybean field being irrigated
Late-planted grain crops may be reaching a critical stage of development just as the weather is turning drier, possibly meaning farmers will have to irrigate earlier than normal, says Lyndon Kelley, irrigation specialist for the Purdue and Michigan State Extension services.
The rainy weather that has settled over much of Indiana for the past month has made harvesting and drying hay for safe storage more difficult, potentially raising the risk of barn fires, a Purdue Extension forage specialist says.

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