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Storm Floods Streets with Water, Farmers with Hope

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Cars drive through partially flooded streets in Milton, Del. during torrential downpour. (Photo: WBOC) Cars drive through partially flooded streets in Milton, Del. during torrential downpour. (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del.- Wet and wild is how some might describe the torrential downpour Delmarva was hit with Thursday afternoon.

Rain pounded on roads, banged on windshields and partially flooded a number of streets in Sussex County.

Some Lewes residents say the rain got pretty bad in certain parts of their neighborhood.

"A fair amount of rain today but in a relatively short amount of time," said Richard Drews of Herring Creek in Lewes. "The swells got filled up almost to the level of the driveway, but not quite."

WBOC's Chief Meteorologist Dan Satterfield said some areas may have seen between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain.

For Drews, all that rain means extra yard work come Friday.

"It blew all the blossoms off the plants and onto the porch that I had just swept off yesterday, so I have to go back and do that," said Drews.

While the unexpected downpour may have dredged up a few nuances, the rain is really a sign of relief to farmers, especially at Magee Farms in Lewes.

"We had some really, really hot dry days," said Jordan Virdan, an employee at Magee.

A spokesperson from the Delaware's Department of Agriculture said the storm may help bring the soybean crop back to normal moisture levels after a lengthy summer dry spell.

But Magee Farms say it may a bit too late. The owner says even with the amount of rain on Thursday, it still wouldn't be enough to save his soybean crop this late in the game.

So before Thursday's much-needed storm, the farm says they had resorted to a route second best to nature.

"The boss came and turned on the irrigation because it's been so dry," Virdan said. "The soybeans have looked a little bad but the rain definitely did help them."

As Delmarva prepares for a wet start to the fall season.

To stay up-to-date on the latest storm and weather developments, you can download the WBOC Storm Tracker mobile app, here http://bit.ly/1Q4u9aj.

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