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Farmers still feel the pinch after 2018 flooding

BARABOO (WKOW) —  One year ago, the heavy rainfall in southern Wisconsin impacted farm fields across the area.

The Baraboo River overflowed into low-lying land, damaging thousands of acres of crops planted in fields off of Highway U in Baraboo.

Farmers kept a close eye on the forecasts, especially Eugene Larsen of Larsen Farms who has land near the Baraboo River.

He and some other farmers in the area set out sandbags.

The river peaked at just over 24 feet and at that level, Larsen knew not everything could be saved.

“I had corn that was 10 feet tall that was underwater,” he remembered.

Larsen told 27 News more than 2,000 acres of fields with crops like corn, wheat and soybeans were completely flooded, leading to a large financial impact for farmers in the area.

“If you lose $100,000 it’s gone forever,” said Larsen.

Larsen Farms lost at least that much.

“There’s a lot of tension,” Larsen said about the loss. “An undertone of worry that happens to all of us as you’re dealing with this.”

A year and a lot of work later, the crops are strong. But in the back of his mind, Larsen is thinking about what could come.

“When’s it going to happen again,” he asked.

Many farmers had flood insurance to protect their crops, but not all of the damage was covered from the historic flooding in 2018.

Rebecca Ribley

Wake Up Wisconsin Anchor

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