Russell County farm seeing an improvement to their landscape after recent rain


The heat wave and lack of rain is also taking its toll on farms and landscape.

It's even left several families in Russell County with dried up water wells and springs.

News 5's Jessica Griffith looks into how heavy rain last night is improving things fast.

A local farmer says their grass in Russell County was about 70% brown. But now with recent rainfall, it's gotten much greener, which is good news for the farmer and their alpacas.

"It's a crunch dry. You could hear yourself walk around," Farm owner Bo Bolinsky said.

Green grass now covering the alpaca's paddocks at fair acres farm. A welcome sign as these animals get 90% of their food from pasture. Last week, farm owner Bo Bolinsky said they started to give their alpacas hay because their grass was too dry to eat.

But our Storm Track 5 meteorologists map out relief after a night of heavy rain in Russell County. Not including this rain, much of the county has seen less than half of average rainfall to date in July. "This was a beautiful sight, looking into the rain gage and seeing a little bit over two inches of rain," Bolinsky said. Getting rain was also imperative for some families. The emergency management coordinator said they had to deliver drinking water to three homes because their water supply ran out.

"It's been very dry for the last couple of weeks. Probably three weeks now with the high temperatures and the ground is getting so dry that the water is not penetrating through the ground into the well waters and the springs," Jess Powers said. These 2 inches of rain wasn't enough. Powers said one family still is without water because the ground and wells were so dry. "It's essential that we have continuous source of rain water so that the wells are replenished," he said. Bolinsky agrees.

"What would be better for the pastures is to have one of those all day soaking rain instead of a heavy downpour," he said. "We'll take whatever we can get." Going forward, Powers says there's a possibility of more hot and dry weather. "Be prepared. Save water, save jugs and monitor your own consumption and know how many gallons of water your family uses on a monthly basis," Powers said.