Good Neigh­bors

When flood­wa­ters threat­ened our farm’s har­vest, dozens donated their time and trucks to help out.

Country - - CONTENTS - BY KEVIN WEITKAMP

Peo­ple poured in to save the har­vest from the flood­wa­ters.

On May 3, 2017, Poc­a­hon­tas, Arkansas, was hit by his­tor­i­cal flood­ing. The Black River reached lev­els never be­fore seen, threat­en­ing to blow through a levee that was pro­tect­ing thou­sands of acres of farm­land.

I am the co-op­er­a­tor of Weitkamp Farms, which stood in the di­rect path of the over­flow­ing levee. Re­al­iz­ing the bar­rier wasn’t go­ing to hold, we were faced with the re­al­iza­tion that the 56,000 bushels of rice, corn and soy­beans left in our grain bins would be lost to flood­ing.

We started truck­ing grain out on May 2 at 7 a.m., know­ing that with­out as­sis­tance there wasn’t a chance of get­ting it all out. How­ever, our prayer was an­swered when friends and neigh­bors started pour­ing in to help us.

With ev­ery­one giv­ing it their all, we moved the 56,000 bushels in 28 hours of straight work. We fin­ished at noon on May 3, and the levee breached later that af­ter­noon.

Hun­dreds of acres of planted crop­land flooded, but at least our grain in the bins was saved, thanks to many kind folks who went above and beyond to help in our time of need.

Kevin sits 48 feet up, atop a grain bin sur­rounded by flooded fields.

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