Christmas Tree Farm Floods On Busy WeekendPosted: Updated:
The owners of Simmons Farm in Copenhagen had to close part of their business Sunday due to runoff water flowing into a major portion of their fields.
"It was horrible because it was not only just water pooling, but it was rushing," said Shari Simmons, owner.
At a time when people are cutting down the tree and decorating for Christmas, Mother Nature had other plans at Simmons Farm last weekend.
On Sunday, the water was nearly a foot high across the farm and even flooded inside their cabin.
"We had to pull the electricity. We were moving furniture. It was tough to watch the experience get canceled out," said Melissa Kempfer, employee at Simmons Farm.
Simmons says she has dealt with flooding on and off for the last 10 years and it flows from a culvert built by the state Department of Transportation.
The runoff water from hundreds of acres of land that surrounds Simmons Farm flows down to the property.
"That amount of water on the tree is not good. It will drown them and kill them. There was water on the trees that I have never seen before," said Simmons.
Simmons filed a complaint with the DOT and crews responded to assess the damage.
For a full day, customers weren't able to cut their own trees since it was too dangerous. They had to choose the alternative.
"We did sell a lot more pre-cut trees. People still show up. We're here and we're here for the experience just as much as they are," said Kempfer.
DOT officials say they're aware of the situation at the farm and they're seeing what, if anything, can be done.