Downstream Flooding Doing Less Damage Than Feared

SEPTEMBER 28, 2006 - Posted at 3:59 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Downstream flooding in northeast Arkansas along the Black and Cache rivers from heavy weekend rains didn't create as many problems as feared.  But some agricultural businesses did suffer losses.

Randolph County Agent Mike Andrews said two broiler houses in the north central part of the county were flooded, killing about 40,000 broilers.  The chickens were a few days from going to market.

Agriculture officials say it will be a while before ranchers figure out how many head of cattle drowned in the flooding.  Andrews says several head of cattle have been spotted in drifts along the rivers and creeks.

Hay producers took a financial hit from the flooding.  Officials say hundreds or maybe even thousands of round bales were ruined in the flood.  Some of the big bales remain in trees in northeast Arkansas.

Some growers are reporting hail damage to rice and soybean crops.

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