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Flooded Farm Fields Of Lincoln County

June 24, 2014, 10:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Flooded Farm Fields Of Lincoln County

KELOLAND News has shown you all the damage caused by recent storms, including flooded basements.  But a lot of farmers are also dealing with their own flood of problems and one of the hardest hit areas is Lincoln County.

When they talk about Lincoln County Rural Water, this isn't what they're talking about.  This area of Lincoln County has received over 16 inches of rain in the month of June.

This is the second year the land has flooded.  Robert Christensen, who has lived here since 1968, says crops are suffering.

"You can look out there and see 40 percent of this farm won't produce anything and across the road and to the south there's potholes and you drive south and east a half mile there's a big lake at the end of that quarter," Christensen said.

Some farmers are already replanting some of the land that's dried up, but even getting to some fields is impossible because roads are still underwater.

"This area, we've been waiting for Nine Mile Creek to go down.  We get a lot of water that comes down from Tea, some of it 229 and 29 interchange," Christensen said.

Christensen says a lot of the water problems run deeper than recent heavy rains.  The area flooded last year, too.  Christensen says that's because of old drainage tiling buried underground where some of the concrete piping has collapsed.

"The county commission has been helpful to us and we had a vote here about a month and a half ago and we're reorganizing and going to try and repair our tile," Christensen said.

Until that happens, there's not much anyone can do.

"Wait, wait to dry up I guess and hopefully we can get to work on the tile this fall when it dries up," Christensen said.

Another farmer who didn't want to go on camera says about 30 percent of his crops are destroyed.  Some farmers carry crop insurance; others do not.

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