May 21, 2009

Potato farmers suffer $45 million in damage from flooding

Potato farmers in Flagler and two other counties have sustained an estimated $45 million in damage because of the flooding, an official said today.

"The crop is in the middle of harvest season and many of the fields are under several feet of water ruining the potatoes,'' Carl Laundrie, a spokesman for Flagler County, said in a news release.

"It is estimated that $45 million in damage (the amount invested not including profit loss) has been done to potato farmers in the tri-county growing area of Flagler, Putnam and St.Johns counties."

Some areas of Flagler have received as much as 27.5 inches of rain since Sunday afternoon, he wrote.

The Flagler County Emergency Operations is teaming up with the American Red Cross to open a shelter at the Flagler Beach United Methodist Church, 1520 South Daytona Ave., Flagler Beach.

"The shelter was opened in response to residents who are flooded out of their homes or they are unable to get into their homes because of the high water levels on many roads and in yards," he wrote.

Kevin P. Connolly Sentinel Staff Writer
2:37 PM EDT, May 21, 2009

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