Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Third flood this year on the Neosho River

   Over the past 3 weeks, we have received over 14 inches of rainfall--That's one third of our normal annual total. Within this same period, the Neosho River has spilled over it banks 3 times. Currently, the water is still rising (photo above) with the crest not occurring until sometime Friday. This current flooding event is predicted to rival the flood we had in April of 1994; the fourth highest flood on record.

    My pecan orchard is located over four miles from the Neosho but river water has backed up and is covering the ground under my young Kanza trees (photo above). Fortunately, pecan trees can tolerate flooding and even grow best in flood plain soils. In time, the water will recede but I'll be left with a mess to clean up. It's always amazing to see what a flood can float onto the orchard floor.  Once the ground dries up, I'll get it cleaned up with a tractor and rake.