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Extension service sets meeting to help farmers apply for flood aid

Farmers in Henderson County who suffered major crop losses in the flooding and record rainfall of 2018 are eligible for emergency relief as part of a bill passed by the state Legislature, state Sen. Chuck Edwards told the Henderson County Board of Commissioners Monday night.

"We had two horrendous hurricanes and state appropriated several million dollars almost right away," Edwards said. Most of the news focused on flooding caused by hurricane Florence in Eastern North Carolina. "At the same time farmers brought to my attention that they too had experienced quite a bit of disaster in 2018 but it came in a much different form," he said. Two tropical storms inundated the region and, just as bad, the rain never quit. Record rainfall of more than 110 inches fell in some areas of the county. The total farm disaster for Henderson, Buncombe, Madison, Haywood and Transylvania counties is around $10 million.