Maxey said damaged roads will also have a big effect for farmers and ranchers. With transportation routes impaired, it's going to take them longer to move their products, adding fuel and labor costs.
"Rather than just a five-minute trip, it's going to be 30 minutes," he said.
Weld County commissioners agree, and say they're already looking at how to get temporary roads pending permanent fixes.
Local government officials say it's too early to get an assessment of how much the damage will cost. While some counties have not yet estimated how much land was damaged, Weld County has said they believe the number to be more than 2,300 parcels of agricultural land.
"I don't think we're going to know for a while how much damage is out there," said Weld County Commissioner Mike Freeman.
Officials are also assessing the extent of damage to irrigation ditches that some crops depend on. With hay and alfalfa underwater, it's also likely that feed prices will increase because of limited availability. Most of the livestock in the area is safe on higher ground, said Carleton, the deputy agriculture commissioner.
The Colorado Cattlemen's Association, which represents about 13,000 beef producers in the state, has been communicating with members to find out what help they need. Beef is one of the largest contributors to Colorado's agriculture industry.
"At this time, CCA will continue ongoing assessments to determine if some level of relief assistance is desired from our members upon evaluating infrastructure, livestock, and feed impacts," the organization said in a statement.
For now, all of the possible long-term benefits mean little for the farmers who've seen their work immersed underwater.
"Large areas of the state will see some agricultural benefits from this storm system," said Nolan Doesken, Colorado's climatologist. "Then comes the flood corridors. The flood corridors — wow."
Ivan Moreno reported from Denver.
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