Crop Damage in Central California From Storm Tops $79M

May 18, 2012

San Joaquin Valley’s crop damage estimate from a hail storm last month has reached more than $79 million.

The Fresno Bee reports that Kings County, among the hardest hit areas of the region, recently increased its damage estimate from $20 million to $25 million. Officials there have requested a disaster declaration from the state and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Elsewhere in the Valley, Fresno County reported $26 million in crop damage from the storm and Tulare and Madera counties each topped $13 million.

The April 11 storm dropped quarter-sized hail on the region. Among the crops damaged were nectarines, plums, raisin grapes and almonds.

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