Heavy rains threaten crops, cause accidents


Kristin Mamrack



Rain, rain, go away and don''t come again another day soon. 


Extremely high amounts of rainfall, unusual for September, adversely have affected many facets of life, from crops to cops and the accidents to which they respond. 


The National Weather Service reported Thursday the Golden Triangle area received five to 10 inches of rain over the past four days, with more to come. 


"The ground is heavily saturated throughout portions of Northeast and Eastern Mississippi," said Mark McAllister of the NWS. "It''s definitely much more (than usually seen). Usually our September is kind of dry. It''s well above normal and it''s pretty much going to continue the rest of the week." 


"They are deteriorating in the field by the hour," Glenn Mast, a Brooksville farmer, reported of his corn, soybean and cotton crops. "Some of the crops have sprouted and are regrowing and some are just plain rotting. What percentage we don''t even know at this point; it''s too wet to go out and check. 


"This is very unusual," he added, noting he''s been farming for 40 years. "It''s always hard to say which is the worst, but this is as bad as I''ve seen it for this time of year." 


"We''ve had a lot more accidents, because of the rain," admitted Columbus Police Department Chief Joseph St. John. "Other than the fact we''ve had more accidents, it''s kept us busier. 


There''s been more alarms going off and things like that. Overall, calls are down, because people are not outside as much, but accidents are up." 


Rain is expected to continue throughout the week, with thunderstorms expected every day.




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