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Wet and windy storm cost one local farmer hundreds of trees

A farmer in Orland found hundred of trees down after the wind knocked them down over the weekend.

Posted: Oct 25, 2021 6:30 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2021 7:15 PM

ORLAND, Calif. - Tree after tree was down on the ground at the Vereschagin Farm in Orland Monday morning.

Mike Vereschagin is the owner of the 70-year-old farm who said he is thankful for the rain but not the wind that knocked down hundreds of trees.

"We love the rain, we need the rain with the drought and the wells going dry and everything, but we don't need the wind that comes with it here,” said Vereschagin. “So this is going to be a huge expense. We are hoping most of the trees will survive but I am sure there will be some that won't survive."

He said he wasn't prepared for a major storm so soon.

"Usually you get these kinds of storms later November or December and by that point of time we have already sprayed nutrients on the trees which also takes the leaves off the trees and it gets the leaves off so it is like a big sail and it can survive the wind better," said Vereschagin.

Vereschagin said he typically has about 8,000 prune trees and now has almost 1,000 down on the ground or leaning to the side.

"We have got a crew out here trying to push trees back up and put boards underneath to prop them up there,” said Vereschagin.

The process is costly.

"This is just an extra expense we are going through and there is no insurance for something like this here so this is definitely a cost to us," said Vereschagin.

He said fixing the prune trees takes away from other jobs of his crew and it's a race against the clock. They have to push the trees back up while the ground is still wet.

Vereschagin said he doesn't know how long it will take him to repair the prune trees.

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