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Weld County Residents Can’t Keep Up With Relentless Rain

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WINDSOR, Colo. (CBS4) – “It’s just kind of a crazy couple of days in Colorado.”

That’s how Windsor resident Jarrod Bessire summed up this week’s pounding rain showers in Weld County.

Bessire’s yard around his home is flooded, and his corn crop is destroyed. His water pump hasn’t been able to keep up.

Jarrod Bessire's corn crop (credit: CBS)

Jarrod Bessire’s corn crop (credit: CBS)

“We got the brunt of it in about 45 minutes it seemed like, and we’re trying to keep up,” he said on Wednesday. “We’ve got pumps running and everything trying to keep the water levels down.”

The storm also flooded Bessire’s neighbor’s horse riding arena, turning it into a big pool. Bessire said he’ll take the rain over drought conditions any day, but there’s a limit.

“You also appreciate the moisture, but you wish you could turn it off and on,” he said.

A few blocks away, Drew Gustafson was cleaning up his mud soaked garage.

“It’s a pain in the butt, but it’s Mother Nature. There’s nothing you can really do about it,” he said.

Four inches of rain in Greeley in two days turned Gayle Doering’s meadow on her property into a lake.

“(It looks like) a lake with fences,” she said.

Flooding on Gayle Doering's property (credit: CBS)

Flooding on Gayle Doering’s property (credit: CBS)

Doering said she watched the storm approach knowing flood waters would follow. Her horses had to take cover.

She said she’s now “hoping for the sunshine.”

“I bet it takes a month before it all goes away,” she said.

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