Heavy Rains Flood Farm, Homes In Northern MI 7-23-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Heavy Rains Flood Farm, Homes In Northern MI 7-23-2010

Thursday night’s widespread rain in TV5’s northern viewing area left some locations with over 2 inches of rainfall, swelling local streams and ditches.
TV5 meteorologist Catherine Bodak traveled to the west branch of the Rifle River on Friday, the point where the town of West Branch gets its name.
National data indicates conditions are abnormally dry for the area. Bodak said despite that data, the park does not need anymore water.
Local residents told TV5 this is out of the ordinary. "This is not typical for us. [It's] more [rain] then usual," said West Branch resident Don Minor. “I’ve been here since 1947 [and] this is more rain than we have ever had.”
Farmers in the area have also suffered. Eric Clemens is a dairy farmer and has been raising cattle since 1983.
Clemens said this rainy season is one of the worst he's seen. "It’s made it very difficult to get things in the silo,” said Clemens. “Other then the rain, things are good. We got a lot of hay; the quantity is there but the quality is not."
And the reason he is concerned is because the corn and hay he grows goes to feed his cattle.
"It got too ripe,” said Clemens. “When you feed it to the cow, milk production-wise, it’s gone down."
To make matters worse, Bodak said more rain showers are in he forecast for the area over the weekend.
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