Farmers brace for the worst after hail wallops the Central Valley

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Fresno, CA – Mother nature has certainly walloped the area and farmers across the Valley are now bracing for the lasting impact of this latest storm, while city crews have their work cut out for them as well.

“Hail this time of year can be very detrimental.”

A hail storm no farmer wants to see. Ryan Jacobsen with the Fresno County Farm Bureau says farmers in Sanger and Reedley especially those growing almonds could see significant damage following another heavy dose of rain and penny-size hail.

“Those very sensitive blossoms as well as those that haven’t quite opened up but are still formulating on the tree could get completely wiped out or knocked onto the ground.”

Jacobsen says farmers are now bracing for the worst, not only from this storm but for what’s to come.

“We have the freeze event that we may see come mid next week that’s going to follow these storm patterns, so it’s a concerning time with the trees that are in full bloom right now.”

Meanwhile city crews continue to work around the clock to clear out toppled trees and debris, as far as flooding is concerned.

“The systems of the city and the districts and the flood control district have, are all in great shape we have capacity for more rain to come.” said Public Works director Scott Mozier.

Mozier added they had 41 trees topple over in the city.

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