Archive for September 21, 2009

Georgia Has Severe Flooding

ATLANTA — Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency Monday evening in 17 counties after flooding killed at least 5 people, including a 2-year-old boy.

According to a statement, Perdue issued the declaration after viewing storm damage in Douglas and Paulding counties from the air.

The counties affected are Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Crawford, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton, Paulding, Rockdale, Stephens and Walker.

“Mary and I are saddened by the human cost the recent storms have wrought,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “We are currently focused on rescuing victims of the storms targeting Georgia and preventing further damage. State personnel and equipment are being deployed to assist effected communities. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency is coordinating our response and managing the State Operations Center, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Division (EPD) are deploying boats, high-water vehicles, and testing water. Other state agencies are deploying manpower and additional resources.”

Thunderstorms that rumbled across north Georgia spawned heavy downpours that flooded roads and homes and dumped as much as 20 inches of rain over three days.

Read the rest at the link above.

Hope your weather returns to normal soon, Georgia.

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Citrus Growers Abandoning Groves


Reflecting the woes of the U.S. economy and low farm prices for citrus since January 2008, Florida had 140,089 acres of abandoned groves, according to a survey done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and released Friday.

That represents a 6.5 percent increase over the 131,540 abandoned grove acres reported a year ago, the first time the USDA surveyed the state’s 30 major citrus-producing counties for abandoned acreage.

The issue of abandoned acreage has become a major problem for Florida citrus growers with the decline of the industry during the past decade – from 845,260 acres in 1998 to 568,814 now – and especially since the fatal citrus greening disease surfaced in 2005.

Key in the greening fight is controlling the spread of the citrus psyllid, the bacteria’s insect host and the main vehicle in spreading the disease across the state.

Abandoned groves have become a major breeding ground for psyllids because the owners don’t regularly spray any pesticides that keep insect populations down. That allows them to spread easily to neighboring groves that do control for psyllids.

Tough times for everybody.

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