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Heavy rainfall, flooding kills 1.5K chicken at area farm


Ridgeland (WQOW) - Heavy rainfall poured over parts of northern Dunn County Wednesday, and, according to Dunn County's Emergency Management, Ridgeland was hit the hardest.

Approximately 10 roads were closed in Dunn County Wednesday afternoon. Dunn County's Highway Commissioner Jesse Rintala said it was a matter of capacity, and that the volume of water was too much for area culverts to handle.

News 18 spoke with two people who have damage from the floods. Dave Nedland, president of Nedland Industries in Ridgeland, said he had anywhere from 8-24 inches of water in five of his buildings. He said the damage will probably cost him several thousand dollars.

“I've been here 35 years and I have never seen this flood like this ever,” Nedland added.

Two miles down the road from Nedland Industries, Chicken Creek Ranch lost most of their chickens.

“About 1500 chickens are dead, if we were to raise those out to processing weight, it's about $21,000,” Ty Martin, the owner of Chicken Creek Ranch, said.

Martin said he's busy cleaning piles of dead chicken from his barn. He's not sure what the next step will be for his business, but, as for now, he's asking for help with a gofundme page.

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