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Governor Stitt tours flood damage in Webbers Falls with farmers

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jun 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-26 18:07:26-04

WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. — Farmers across Webbers Falls lost the majority of their crop.

For Jon Leeds, 1400 acres of wheat and corn washed out by flooding, and another 300 was covered in sand.

"A year's worth of work is down the drain more or less in a week. We did everything we could do produce a crop and feed the country and it's all gone," he said.

On Wednesday Leeds joined Governor Stitt to show him devastated homes, farms, and schools.

"You just can't imagine the river being up that high. So just kind of going through those towns and seeing all the sheet rock and everybody's houses destroyed and wondering where all of those people have been displaced to. I just want to help them hurry up and rebuild and get back into their homes," the governor said.

Farmers tell 2 Works for You they try to be prepared, but now they're reaching out for help after unexpected levels of damage.

"We didn't ever expect it with the flood control systems that were put in place back in the 50s and 60s. We expected to be somewhat controlled," Leeds said.

Some farmers are already starting over with a soybean crop. Leeds said this is the only way to move forward and create a livelihood again.

"When this thing hits everything just kind of comes to a halt and you kind of want to put your arms around Oklahomans and make sure they know we're here for them and I'm just trying to take all of it in to see what I need to do back in Oklahoma City," Governor Stitt said.

The USDA joined the governor to evaluate the need for emergency funding at the state and federal level.

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