Well service companies in high demand during drought - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Well service companies in high demand during drought

Posted: Updated:
It is big business these days for well digging companies. It is big business these days for well digging companies.
Billy Jackson says he's running out of water. Billy Jackson says he's running out of water.
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • School condemned, some Meridian students will attend class in modular buildings

    School condemned, some Meridian students will attend class in modular buildings

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:13 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:13:27 GMT
    Less than three weeks from the first day of school, the Meridian High School parking lot looks more like a construction site. Crews are working to set up five mobile offices before the start of the school year.Meridian Elementary School students will start the new school year, and spend the next two years in modular classrooms.Meridian Elementary School was condemned after cleaning crews discovered toxic mold last summer.That created a space crunch for the Meridian School District. All studen...
    Less than three weeks from the first day of school, the Meridian High School parking lot looks more like a construction site. Crews are working to set up five mobile offices before the start of the school year.Meridian Elementary School students will start the new school year, and spend the next two years in modular classrooms.Meridian Elementary School was condemned after cleaning crews discovered toxic mold last summer.That created a space crunch for the Meridian School District. All studen...
  • McCarver to join St. Louis Walk of Fame

    McCarver to join St. Louis Walk of Fame

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:07 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:07:19 GMT
    The St. Louis Walk of Fame already features 10 men who played for the St. Louis Cardinals. Tim McCarver is about to make it No. 11.
    The St. Louis Walk of Fame already features 10 men who played for the St. Louis Cardinals. Tim McCarver is about to make it No. 11.
  • Home burglarized while family flees from crime

    Home burglarized while family flees from crime

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:06 AM EDT2014-07-30 09:06:24 GMT
    A St. Louis family was simply trying to avoid crime. Instead, their actions made them crime victims.
    A St. Louis family was simply trying to avoid crime. Instead, their actions made them crime victims.
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The continuing drought situation is depleting many local wells, leaving some homeowners and farmers high and dry.

It is big business these days for well digging companies.

"It's probably increased 100 percent," said Mike Callaway-C & S Well Service.

The drought is keeping the Daisy, Missouri company busy.

"Probably getting 15-20 calls a day," said Callaway. 

A state program to help drought stricken farmers has the phones ringing even more. The plan announced last month covers 90% of the costs for farmers to drill or deepen wells.

"Everything's burned up," said Billy Watson. "The pastures are all gone, neighbors lost their crops...been terrible."

Billy Watson of rural Jackson stands to benefit from the program. He is running out of water.

"I built that pond when I first moved here 45 years ago," said Watson. 

All that is left of it right now is a few inches of mud and moss.

"Never has gone dry before," said Watson. 

He started out the summer with several horses and cattle.

"We've had to get rid of some because it's hard to haul water and there's no water for them," said Watson. 

He is down to just a couple of horses now, and hopes to add more to his ranch as soon as he knows that water is no longer a concern.

As for the emergency relief program, according to the Governor's office the state approved approximately 6,000 applications, at a cost of about $29 million.

Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.