Farmers Cleaning Up After Woodruff County Floods

MCCRORY, Ark. -- People in Eastern Arkansas cleaning up the damage caused by floods that ripped through yesterday.

Dallas Peebles has owned his 750-acre farm just outside McCrory for about 20 years. "You can see that the pumpkins are OK at this point and we expect them to be," says Peebles. He didn't expect Harvey to pass through early Thursday- flooding the farm. "We got approximately 8 inches of rain here and yesterday, it looked just like an ocean."

The storms also flooded roadways, schools and homes in the McCrory area. Many people still clearing up damage. He says when it comes to high waters and farms, "It can be totally disastrous, you can be totally wiped out."

Peebles says his farm is on high land, but says most farmers who aren't may see more damage as excess water drains into the nearby cache river - causing it to overflow. "It will continue to run out in the farm land until it runs out of water to back out." While, Peebles is used to flooding on his farm, he says high waters won't dampen his spirit.  "You can't stop because of disaster you have to continue on."

Peebles says it can still take a couple of days to see if any of his crops have been destroyed. He says it won't stop the Peebles Farm Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze from opening to the public later this month.

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