Alabama Farmers Deal with Aftermath of Hurricane Sally

Alabama Farmers Deal with Aftermath of Hurricane Sally

Tim Hammerich
Tim Hammerich
News Reporter
I’m Tim Hammerich with your Southeast Regional Ag Report.

Farmers in Alabama are trying to recover and assess the damage from Hurricane Sally. Jimmy Parnell is the President of the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance. He says Baldwin and Mobile Counties seems to be the hardest hit.

Parnell… “A lot of the farmers experienced 20 inches of rain or so in Baldwin County. It was hard to measure how much rain you got as much blowing as they had. With a hundred mile, or maybe a hundred plus mile wind, rain gauges didn't work very well. So it's kind of hard to say what they had. But a lot of them felt like they had more than 20 inches.”

Parnell says for the first time this year, hurricane insurance was available to some of these farmers.

Parnell… “A lot of our guys down there this year bought hurricane insurance - that's a new product. I think that's going to be a big asset to these guys. It's something new. We've got all learn a lot about it yet, but those that had that after the storm, they sure did seem to feel better than those that did not.”

Parnell says continued rains after the hurricane also made things difficult, but the weather seems to be improving.

Parnell… “It is just hard to get past a 20 inch rain. It takes a long time for that to dry. Thankfully, this week looks pretty good.”

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