Environment Canada is calling it near record amounts of rainfall, while local farmers are calling it a disaster.
In a three week stretch, continuous downpours of rain has resulted in many fields across Chatham-Kent left with flooded sections, countless crops under water and farmers left with surfaces too wet to work.
Wayne Martin, agriculturalist with the Michigan Sugar Company in Dover, says the hardest hit areas are from Chatham to Wallaceburg, from Bear Line Rd. to Centre Side Rd. “It’s wet all over, we’ve got saturation all over,” Martin says. “So every rainfall is hitting us hard now.”
Martin says it’s too early to put a dollar amount on any lost crops across the region, but he anticipates a large amount of insurance claims will be submitted.