June 10, 2015 Edition

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Wet spring is causing issues

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

After an already heavy rain season, two recent storms have caused even more damage and delays for the county.

A storm on May 24 caused 2,700 Entergy customers to lose power as strong winds took down power lines. Friday night's sudden storm also caused outages with over 700 reported without power that night.

The intense rains have also caused ongoing issues with the county roads. County Judge Dale Freeman said he is dealing with new wash outs every week. "It's terrible," he said.

Freeman has mentioned during past quorum court meetings that the road department budget may not be sufficient to keep up with the road maintenance. However, while deconstruction is underway on the former Black River Bridge at Black Rock, usable material to build up roads is being donated to the county. Freeman said that will save the county thousands.

The county's agriculture industry is also feeling the rain. Crops that have been planted have been stressed due to the cooler temperatures and frequent rains.

"It is hard to say at this time what our numbers will look like in regards to acres planted," Lawrence County Extension Agent Herb Ginn said. "It is possible that we could see significant decreases in some of the crops normally planted in the county."

Corn and peanut planting has finished and most, if not all, of the rice crop has been planted at this time. Most growers are now focusing on trying to get soybeans in the ground, but once again the frequent rains have made soybean planting a challenge, according to Ginn.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service had forecasted a mostly sunny week with a slight chance of rain over the weekend.

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