Effects of Hurricane Hanna still linger in south Texas
It is an image farmers in south Texas will never forget, their fields flooded after Hurricane Hanna on July 25th. It was unlike any other over the last 20 years, including the last big one-- Hurricane Dolly in 2008.
“I think this hurricane was actually more devastating than Dolly itself... Did we have flooding during Dolly? You bet, but for a cat one storm to come in, and we recorded right at 19 inches of rain on our farm,” farmer Mike English said. “The flooding that it did for a cat one storm and the wind damage that was done for a cat one storm-- I’ve never seen in my life.”
Now, the fields are dried out. However, much of the cotton is destroyed. England notes that the bottom line will not be so beautiful this year for cotton producers.
“Well, it’s been estimated that the Rio Grande Valley alone, and this is just direct loss to the farmer via crop will amount to about $116 million dollars.”
He says that he has never seen so much sugar cane snapped by a storm.
“Sugarcane alone has been estimated at about $25 million dollars in lost in tonnage because of snapped cane and unharvestable cane.”
There are now even losses to report in cattle. Many of the symptoms in cattle have become apparent after the storm.