Photos from the Field: Farmers market flood

by | Jan 24, 2011

Heavy rains left six feet of standing water at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, June 1973.

According to a recent report from the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, 2010 saw record-breaking snow storms, above-average temperatures and increased precipitation across the U.S. December was one of the coldest on record for Raleigh and other parts of North Carolina. And, while it might seem that fluctuating weather is a recent development, N.C. farmers have adapted to weather conditions for years.

We went to our archives to find an example of past weather events, and found this one from June 1973. That month, Raleigh received a week of heavy rains. By June 29, Crabtree Creek had reached its highest water crest on record at 27.69 feet. Six feet of standing water caused $100,000 of damages to the old State Farmers Market, which was then located off nearby Capital Boulevard.

Despite advances in technology, the success of agriculture is closely connected to weather. Farmers are still at risk of losing crops to floods, hurricanes, droughts and other weather-related events.  The NCDA&CS’ Emergency Programs Division helps farmers to prepare for those events and assists them after the events occur. Last September, the division assisted farmers following Tropical Storm Nicole’s hit to eastern North Carolina.