BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - Flash floods swamped many Baldwin County yards and streets recently, causing dangerous conditions.
Although the clouds and water have now receded, many farmers said their livelihood has been affected.
Alescia Forland, farmer and owner of the Loxley Farm Market, said the record rainfall drowned many of their seasonal crops, including sweet corn, peas, watermelon, cantaloupe and tomatoes.
"We have to make enough money to survive the whole winter and to have money to plan the winter's crops. When you have a bad year, it creates a strain on the whole family. We have to wait until next year to try and recoup," said Alescia Forland.
Forland's daughter Michelle, who works in their fields, said many of the crops were deprived of oxygen while others simply dried out due to the extreme heat after the rain.
"We would have about three or four more plants of corn but it gets late and hot and makes the corn sour. It makes the peas dry out. Plus, there's a lot of water still in the rows which makes it so we can't get out in the field to pick," Michelle Forland said.
Other farmers around the area have experienced similar issues, as well as problems with berries.
Forland said the issue can diminish local produce supplies and force businesses to purchase from outside areas.
"It doesn't benefit the farmer or the customer. Because when the price goes up and quality looks bad they don't want to buy. Then we miss out on business and people miss out on a lot of good fruits and vegetables in our area," said Alescia Forland.
Many farmers said they are already planning for Fall and hoping for a good season to make up for the summer.
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