The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

May 2, 2014

State still mopping up after 2 feet of rain


"They were very scared, they were very upset," Spies said.

The saturated soil was also creating severe delays for farmers.

Planting has been brought to a stand-still in many of the state's southern counties as farmers wait for their fields to dry out, said members of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

Bert Driskell of Grand Bay in south Mobile County, says he is typically finished planting corn by now, but he currently has less than 50 percent in the ground.

The farm group says conditions are similar across south Alabama. In Washington County, farmer Walt Richardson said he had 10 acres of corn underwater. In Henry County, farmer Thomas Adams said fields were very wet with standing water.

In hard-hit Mobile County, the weekend forecast called for only a 20 percent chance of showers Friday, with dry weather expected Saturday and Sunday.

Dry weather was also expected Friday through Sunday in the Montgomery, Birmingham and Huntsville areas.

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