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LEFLORE COUNTY, Okla. - While rain in Oklahoma is almost always a welcome sight, flood waters have been known to damage some property.

According to KFSM, nearly 100 farmers in Leflore and Haskell counties signed up for the Emergency Conservation program since February.

Foster Johnson is just one of those farmers.

"We've lost a considerable amount of top soil through erosion, and we're looking at a ditch that's expanded greatly through these two huge rains that we had," Johnson said.

Other farmers are reporting issues like erosion, fallen fences and silt deposits on their land.

“The emergency conservation program is designed to help farmers and ranchers that have sustained major damage, extensive damage to their cropland and their pasture land to help rehabilitate and bring it back to productivity,” Monte Anderson, the Farm Service Agency executive director for Leflore and Haskell County, told KFSM.

He said the program is moving ahead, but they have a problem.

“It's funded on a national level, and unfortunately our initial funds have been exhausted,” Anderson said. “We have asked for more funds, and we expect to get them, but currently we're operating without any funds.”

Anderson says he believes the program will receive funding soon, but there are still hundreds of farms to fix.

If you need assistance you can sign up for the emergency conservation program through April 6 by contacting the Leflore-Haskell farm service agency by calling (918) 647-4800 ext. 2.