Stormy weather moves out in time for Big Hat Days

FRESNO, Calif.

One of the only sounds coming from the sky Saturday - the laughter and excitement from the carnival rides.

Record breaking rain fall drenched the Central Valley Friday. The storm drains on some streets in Northeast Fresno clogged up - causing floods. Water rose up several feet. Some cars collected several inches of rain water inside the vehicles.

Since Wednesday the rain/hail mix has been devastating to the agriculture industry. Millions of dollars in crops have been lost.

Manuel Cunha with the Nisei Farmers League is hoping Ag commissions will push for federal aid. "Everybody's assessing now and looking at how much damage there is, I know our league is really going to be pushing for disaster relief for farmers, to see if they can get some help. Especially where you don't have another other type of commodity and your whole crop got all wiped out."

And there may be more loss - as some crops like grape vines may not display their damage for weeks. The rain could have destroyed fragile shoots that are just now beginning to grow. But despite the severe spring weather during the week, this crowd is using the clear conditions this weekend to unwind.

Big Hat Days will continue Sunday - the event will start at 9am and go until 5pm.

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