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Simsbury still feeling the effects of flooding Ida's remnants

"If you have vegetable crops near rivers and they flood in a lot of cases if there's sewer treatment plants upline then the food's contaminated."

SIMSBURY, Conn. — Days after the remnants of Hurricane Ida passed through Connecticut, some parts of Simsbury are still feeling the effects. The Farmington River flooded nearby areas, some of which are still blocked off.

"I have never seen the river like this," said Joe Schniederman of West Hartford. "I have never seen it up to almost the level of the bridge, never in 35 years," he said.

Near the Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, it is hard not to notice the water.
"This is our first time seeing it and it's pretty high, it's surprising that it's still there," said Kristen Tremblay of Simsbury.

What is not surprising for many, was that another storm dumped even more rain on the state, during what has been a particularly rainy summer.
"It's been a little bit cool, rainy, this summer probably more so than the last few," said Steve Tremblay of Simsbury.

While the rain was mainly an inconvenience for most, for some, it was much worse.

"A lot of farms, it's just been devastating. Total crop loss. If you have vegetable crops near rivers and they flood in a lot of cases if there's sewer treatment plants upline then the food's contaminated and it's a total loss," said Don Tuller, owner of Tulmeadow Farm.

He said the recent storms did not impact his crops as much as they could have.

"These are poorly drained soils, but we weren't overwhelmed," he said. "Like this corn is stunted because it's on poorly drained soils but we didn't lose it," said Tuller.

He said he is fortunate though, and that the effects of this summer's weather could be long-lasting for some.

"Across the state there's been millions of dollars worth of damage, it has been declared an agricultural disaster," he said.

He said that means farmers may be eligible for low-interest loans to help them out.

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