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Much of the state is well on its way to drying out after last week's record-breaking rainstorm. But in some pockets of Eastern Massachusetts, residents are still waiting for the water to go down.
Right now, Susan McCone's yard along the Sudbury River is a standing pond. That's a problem, because McCone is a farmer.
"We grow vegetables, tomatoes, all kinds of vegetables," McCone said. "Where all that water is is where my tomato was that won first prize. So hopefully the water goes down so I can win again."
For now, McCone's vegetables have been replaced with fish — big ones. Mosquitos have hatched, too.
But it's not the bugs that bother farm worker Anthony Rogers. It's the human pests.
"They shut the road down. People come in with the canoe. And it's like it's open to the world. You should see people pull their shorts up walk through it," Rogers said.
Almost as far as you can see there is water. In the field, you can barely see the top of a six-foot-tall wagon.
"The only reason it's not a disaster is because we don't have anything planted yet," McCone said. "We don't start plowing until maybe next week, the week after. So as long as the water goes down, we'll just continue on."
Down the street near the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord, mechanic Paul Segers spent Tuesday helping colleagues get to work.
"Any employee who has to get in, we come out with a backhoe and bring them in through the river, because the river's still over the road, and it's pretty deep," Segers explained as he watched a driver in a regular car try to cross the road.
"I don't know what that guy thinks he's doing with that little car, but he won't make it," Segers predicted — correctly.
This program aired on April 7, 2010.
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