Flooded Farms

Another shot of the Milk River very high and overflowing its banks.

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It pours into the nearby fields.

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I felt sorry for the cottonwoods sitting in so much water.

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The ditch must be fairly deep here. I wouldn’t want to accidentally drive off the road here.

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But here is the saddest part of the story. Much of the work of the season’s grain harvest was a waste of time. The hay is soaking and will likely not dry out before the cold weather comes.

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Some of the hay that was stacked high might be salvageable but the loss is still devastating to the farmers who worked so hard. The flood waters almost look like snow but it is definitely water – this week, anyway. Soon the fields will be covered with snow too.

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Some of the buildings in this area were also flooded but as we were driving I couldn’t get the photos taken in time. News reports say it is the worst flooding in this area, from Hinsdale to Glasgow, in 30 years. I feel very sorry for the people affected.

27 thoughts on “Flooded Farms

  1. It’s a horrible truth that flood plains make the best farmland. All that silt makes for rich soil. Until the next flood. Farming is always a gamble. Hope they had insurance. The timing really stinks!

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    • You’re right. I think the land will be improved, but right now that’s little consolation for the farmers. In time that pain will recede along with the waters and they’ll make a new plan. I’ve come to learn that one of the most used expressions for farmers and fishermen is, “Next year!” They are a hardy bunch and will bounce back.

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  2. Floods are so horrible, it happened at our place too but we were lucky not to lose too much. The cleanup after never ends. I feel always so sorry for the people who have to go through it. Sad post!

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  3. Flooding is so scary. In the SW we often have flash floods. One tragedy I can’t get out of my mind was when a teen boy in our smallish town (when we lived in California) tried to drive through a flooded road and his car was washed away. He couldn’t get his window open and drowned. After that I bought window glass breaker-thingies.

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  4. Yes, these floods have devasted the autumn harvests; all that hard work , drowned.
    We take the beautiful Autumn harvest season for granted ; Prairies 2016 harvest season is rained out.

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  5. I think that, in our modern world, we romanticize the old days and the farming life. It’s darn hard work and Mother Nature is a bitch, as they say. All the work and money put into a crop can be destroyed in a day. I remember being awed by a small tornado tearing through my grandfather’s tobacco field. He was not awed. He was distraught. That was money jumping out of his pocket.

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