Lake Chesdin not full, fall gardens ruined

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Despite all the rain recently, it's not enough to lift mandatory water restrictions still in place in many parts of our area, but when they are lifted, it may still be too late for some people.

People say a lack of water this year, dry temperatures, and now a freeze in our forecast have erased any chance of a fall harvest.

This year, veteran gardener Penny Proudfoot won't prosper off her plants. They aren't producing, because they never developed.

"This year it's not possible because of the restrictions," she said. (What can you plant now?) "It's too late.  It's too late. The first frost is coming."

This year, her children won't make an allowance-- they have no vegetables to sell. And for the first time, Penny can't go to her backyard for a family meal. Her garden turned - dried up weed-covered landscape was no match for the drought of 2010.

"It is hurtful when you work so hard. You tend your garden and then you can't water it," Penny commented.

Lifting mandatory water restrictions won't help Penny- but it will benefit other people. Lake Chesdin needs to rise another 16 inches before removing the rules can even be a possibility-- that could come after two more rainstorms.

Melissa Correa: "We're still in mandatory water restrictions. Did you know that?"
Lynn Swaim: "No I did not."
Melissa Correa: "Do you even care at this point?"
Lynn Swaim: "I don't anymore no. I think we've had enough rain."

Resident Lynn Swaim's lush, green lawn is beautiful.  No sprinkler system required. Recent rain is helping her seed to sprout. Penny wishes her garden was just as green.

"It's what I do. It's our work. It's our pride, our joy," Penny said.

Those mandatory restrictions are still in place in Chesterfield, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Colonial Heights and Prince George.

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