Storms did the Tri-States a favor

Swelling rivers and dangerous winds were just some of the concerns the Tri-States had during the threat of severe weather earlier this week.

According to Mill Creek Farm owner Mike Roegge, the storm turned out to be a good thing.

"This year rainfall was really scarce, so we were very happy to receive the rain fall," Roegge said.

And while the storm did do some damage, "it did cause a little erosion in some fields," he said.

Quincy area farmers say they needed the storm's two to four inches of rain that swept through the Midwest.

"The rain we've been getting over the last two to three weeks have been really spotty. One farm would get it and the farm next to it would get nothing. It was nice to kind of get a general rain that covered the whole area," Roegge explained.

Flooded rivers and streams are also another concern for riverside communities.

Roger Sutter is president of the Fabius River Drainage District. Rivers and streams run from northwest Missouri down through the Tri-States, eventually flowing into the Mississippi River, but Sutter said flooding right now isn't something to worry about.

"I'm sure it's a concern to some guys out here that maybe this river will get out of its banks and flood some crop land. But as far as downstream at the Fabius River District, we have no concerns at this time," Sutter explained.

Sutter and his team use high tech equipment to judge the depth of rivers. If flooding was indeed an issue, he and his team would be prepared.

"Depending on how high it would get, we would actually have to do a little bit of sandbagging," Sutter said.

In the end, a storm that was predicted to be severe and dangerous actually did the community a favor.

"We really needed this rainfall, soil conditions were very, very dry, the crop will respond positively to that, so all in all it was a very positive rainfall we received," Sutter said.

Mike Roegge says compared to last year at this time, when the end of May brought large amounts of rain, he is ahead of his planting schedule.

(Story by KHQA Multimedia Journalist Jack Pluta.)