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Recovering from rain along Hwy 94

When farming is your livelihood, you rely on Mother Nature.
That means you have to expect anything.
But even George Shubert says damage like this is rare.
"It got here, it magnified everything north. As you can see this creek back right here was approximately half this wide, the volume of water was tremendous," said George Shubert, owner of Shubert Farms along Highway 94.
It's damage he hasn't seen in decades.
"Back in 1965, we had a flood in this valley, it was 3 miles wide, no water fell in this area, it came from Black Forest," he said.
His farm has suffered one, two and now three punches. The area has been hit day after day by downpours, leaving behind more than just washed away land.
"This refrigerator door, just one of many pieces of debris, he thinks it'll take five people, two weeks to clean up, in addition to all the other damage that needs to be repaired. But that's only going to be repaired if there aren't more storms ahead," he said.
Shubert isn't the only person affected. Miles away, a homeowner near Ellicot was too distraught to talk on camera.
He did show us the damage to his home.
All of it caused by hail.
Gigantic holes in his siding, his garden, gone.
He's forced to rebuild after seeing the wrath of Mother Nature.
As for Shubert, he's not calling it a disaster, yet.
In fact, the rain has brought one silver lining in all of this.
"I haven't had any pasture, we've been feeding cows, still feeding without grass.
$300 a day for cows is tough," he said.
Though Shubert admits the rain could come a little slower.

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