WEATHER WOES: Floods Threaten Christmas Trees

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Just nine months after a Quad Cities Christmas tree farm lost much of its crop to the drought, the weather is plaguing the farm once more.

Rick Wyffels’ family has farmed along the Rock River for more than 60 years, but they say they’ve never seen the weather transition from drought to deluge this quickly.

With record flooding from the Rock River, the only way to reach the farm right now is by boat. Nearly a quarter of Wyffels’ current crop is under water.

Wyffels' trees during 2012 drought

Wyffels’ trees during 2012 drought

After the hot, dry weather scorched trees last year, now they are nearly drowning in the river’s wrath.

Wyffels says he is just going with the flow. “We’ll just have to wait and see whether these trees make it or not,” he said. “You just have to deal with it and move on.”

Wyffels won’t know the extent of the damage until the water recedes. He says if it drains quickly he will likely be able to save the trees, but if it lingers he will lose many of them.

Thanks to our sister station WQAD for this story.

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