Thunderstorms return rain to area
By Howell Dennis
CROWLEY – Alas, for the first time in nearly fifty days, Acadia Parish was drenched Monday afternoon as a line of thunderstorms passed through the area leaving a few inches of much needed water for the residents and farmers of our parish.
The situation was becoming close to critical as many rice and soybean farmers were paying a high fuel bill just to keep water flowing to protect their crops. To top it off, several areas of the state have set new record high temperatures with Crowley reaching a high of 104 degrees last Wednesday.
“Tap water can keep the plants and crops alive but it takes rain for them to truly flourish,” said landscape architect Kirk Schexnider.
Monday’s rain was complete with thunderstorm and tornado warnings and a downpour that we have not seen in this area in over a month and a half.
However, not all residents are completely relieved.
“This was only a quick storm system that passed through for a few hours,” said Karen Chastant of Rayne whose husband is a rice farmer. “It may serve as a temporary reprieve but we could definitely use some more.”
There may be more relief later this weeks as today’s forecast calls for isolated thunderstorms with more possible on Friday and Saturday.