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Heavy Rain Floods Farm Land, Shuts Down Roads

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CLINTON COUNTY, MI (WLNS) - What should look like a drainage ditch now looks more like a pond.

There may be a few ducks in it, but no fish.

Clinton County farmer Russ Pohl says last night's rain flooded more than an acre of his field.

“All the drainage ditches in 4 or 5 miles around were all full, we got one that goes across the back of our property and that was way overflow. I mean, it was flowing over the road,” said Russel Pohl, soy bean farmer.

The rain hit many farmers in the area leaving crops swimming in a sea of rain water.

“The ground being saturated and then three and a half inches on top of it. It's just running all off instead of being sucked up.”

Pohl wasn't the only one hit hard by the rain.

The Clinton County Road Commission says a couple miles down the road people saw up to five inches of rain.

“Very early this morning we had to call people in to start closing off roads and put out barricades,” said Joe Pulver, Managing Director, Clinton County Road Commission.

The flooding at one stream was so bad that the water rose and completely washed out a nearby road.

Crews on this area of French Road in Fowler say they had to bring in about 15 tons of dirt and gravel Monday morning to rebuild it.

They say almost all of the damage has been addressed in the county.

The road commission says this is one of the worst cases of storm damage they've seen from rain this year. As for farmers they tell us their crops have about a 50-50 chance of surviving the flooding.
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