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Remnants of Hurricane Put Crops Under Water

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2004


Jeff Beach




(TRENTON) – Farmers affected by this weekend’s storm and flooding in Northwestern New Jersey are being urged to contact their county Farm Service Agency office, which is beginning the process of pursuing aid, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus announced today.

Farmers in the Great Meadows area of Liberty Township, as well as in Harmony Township in Warren County, today reported flood damage from the Pequest and Delaware Rivers, respectively. Reports also were received of flood damage to farms in Hunterdon County. The farms’ crops, primarily vegetables, were underwater by Saturday, farmers said, although the water had nearly drained by today.

“The first step in getting help for the farmers affected by this storm and flood is for them to get information about their damage to the Farm Service Agency in Warren County, which can be reached at 908-852-2576, and the FSA office in Hunterdon County, where the phone number is 908-782-4614,” said Secretary Kuperus. “This will help FSA get a jump on compiling damage assessment reports, which will then be the basis for aid.”

The remnants of Hurricane Ivan dumped up to 8 inches of rain on northwestern New Jersey Saturday, causing the Delaware River to crest more than three feet above flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.