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Timing Makes Hurricane Sandy a Smaller Concern for Farm

DEERFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Hurricane Irene last August left 40 acres of Frank Ciesluk’s corn crop under 15 feet of water. He was nearly ready to harvest what added up to a third of his entire crop.

“If it was a couple of weeks later, we would have been all right,” said Ciesluk. “But it came a little too early.”

Luckily that’s not the case this time. Ciesluk already harvested his corn for the season. But some other things could be at risk from possible flooding from sandy. And he’s taking precautions.

“We were going to start putting out equipment in the tobacco barn for the winter,” he said. “But I guess we’ll wait until after this hurricane blows over.”

That tobacco barn is on a part of the farm that tends to flood easily.

“So, I think we’re all set and waiting for it., if it does come at all,” he said.

Ciesluk will also be prepping his farm stand on Greenfield Road just in case.