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Bellevue Berry Farm and Pumpkin Ranch back up and running following Sunday's closure

Posted at 6:49 PM, Oct 01, 2019

PAPILLION, Neb. (KMTV) — The Bellevue Berry Farm and Pumpkin Ranch is back open, following a closure Sunday due to flooding at the farm.

"That's the first time we've closed because we thought it would be too slippery or wet to run the hay ride," said Ed Schaefer, the farm's owner. "Water was backed up all the way in to there. This was all wet here."

Wet and muddy conditions aren't ideal for the business, whose busy season is during the fall months.

"Yeah it's the kind of business where people need to enjoy it and be outside," Schaefer said.

The pumpkin patch got muddied over so the farmers had to move the pumpkins to another spot on site.

"The pumpkins that are low we're cutting," Schaefer said. "The pumpkins that are low we'll roll them."

The farm pumped out 1,000 gallons of water per minute over a 48-hour period and the site is dry. The farm is completely open to the public.

"It's a little muddy, but the tractors can get through it," Schaefer said. "I learned you always need to think positive, even if it's raining you need to say it's alright."

Schaefer said everything at the farm will remain open moving forward and other than the possible thunderstorm, the farm will be open every day it's scheduled.

Check the farm's website for up to date information.