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An Inside View Of The Floods At Rogue Farms

When massive floods swamped Rogue Farms last December we left behind a small crew to watch over things. We headed out knowing that our fellow Rogues would be safe. In the 100+ year history of the farm, the buildings have never flooded. Our friends would be high, dry and warm.

But during those two weeks, life on the farm was a lot like living on an island. Surrounded by floodwaters, they had no way to drive in or out.

Wigrich Road during the worst of the flooding. The currents were so strong they could push off the asphalt.

Wigrich Road during the worst of the flooding. The currents were so strong they could push a car off the asphalt.

These are some of the photos the crew took during their time alone on the farm.

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Top and Bottom: Floodwaters covered just about every inch of the hopyard.

Top and Bottom: Floodwaters covered just about every inch of the hopyard and came close to some of our work buildings.

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The water also came close to the Chatoe Rogue Tasting Room, the green building on the left side of the photo. Normally, the area behind the Chatoe would be filled with people playing lawn games and drinking beer.

The walk down to the Willamette River. The signs you see in the background are usually several feet above the water line.

The walk down to the Willamette River. Just beyond those signs is supposed to be a beach.

While not the worst floods we’ve ever experienced, we’re still in awe of the power of Mother Nature. One of the wettest Decembers in Rogue Farms history busted a long running drought and replenished the soil with the moisture it so desperately needed. So what if it took two weeks of floods to turn things around? That’s a risk we were more than happy to take.

Join us at Rogue Farms for the start of spring. The bines are emerging and the Prickless Marionberries are budding. Soon we’ll be stringing and staking the hopyard. The season of Growing Beer and Spirits is here!

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