Farmers dealing with ‘dust bowl’ conditions

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KARVAL, Colorado (KUSA) — The scenery in Lincoln County shifted last week when a windstorm blew through Colorado’s eastern plains.

The tiny town of Karval was blasted with gusts up to 65 miles an hour. The wind was so strong it blew sand and dirt over more than 100,000 of land.

“Tuesday was the worst day. It was very, very dirty around here,” rancher Marc Hollenbaugh said.

Hollenbaugh said most of the fields would be popping with shades of green around this time of year. Instead they’re now covered with six to eight inches of sand.

“It looks like the Sand Dunes, but it’s all agricultural land covered up with dirt,” he said.

Most of the people who live in Karval said they can’t remember the last time they saw anything like it.

Some said it resembled a storm back in the 1950s, but even that storm wasn’t as messy as this one.

“I’ve never seen anything like this and I’ve been in this place for 43 years,” rancher Nelson Taylor said.

Taylor said Tuesday’s storm is going to cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“It’s going to take years to rebuild the soil because the topsoil has blown away. I just hope the lord gives us some rain here pretty quick and plenty of it,” Taylor said.

The ranchers said three to four days of good solid rain could solve the problem, but they’re doubtful it will come.

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