Flooding at Sunny Hill Farm in Whitney Point, NY. Normally the creek is behind the trees at the upper left of the photo

January Flood at Sunny Hill Farm

We have a diversified family farm in the Nanticoke valley in Northern Broome Co., NY. Our farm produces Certified Organic vegetable and Hay crops, as well as grass-fed beef and pork, brown eggs and honey. We live on the East Branch of Nanticoke Creek. Between 9:30am and 12:30pm on Monday, January 25th, the creek rose well above the banks, temporarily trapping our cows and forcing us to relocate some of our pigs. Many of the growing fields were inundated and sustained soil erosion damage. The water rose clear up to the barn, completely surrounding our pole barn which houses hay, equipment and winter quarters for our cattle and some of our pigs. Luckily our compost bunk was angled to allow the water to flow around it, or we would have lost about 2 tons of finished compost needed to feed our greenhouse and fields this spring. Everybody is safe, but it sure was a harrowing morning!

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