Ellis County pumpkin patch cleaning up after flash flood damages property

An Ellis County pumpkin patch is scrambling to clean up for its busy season after recent flooding nearly washed it away.

Flash flood waters took over Shadow Creek Pumpkin Farm in Midlothian Sept. 21, washing equipment and items away and leaving the grounds a muddy mess.

“All the pumpkins you see, we should have more than double this,” said owner Amber Knott.

The opening of the farm has been delayed more than a week so far.

“First emotion was just complete loss. We lost so much. Then in the days that followed it’s been a little blessing at a time. We found our kettle corn machine, we found some of our tables and benches,” Knott said.

The new target for opening is Saturday, despite the challenges.

“This is like quicksand when you step in it and try to get traction, your feet just sink into it and its really soft,” Knott said.

Some areas they will rope off, but on most of walkways the mud is slowly becoming firmer ground.

“You start to have that hope again when you start walking around and see things, just floating, it wasn’t broken. We can bring those things up, they are just things,” said owner Sarah Nunes.

Six days and counting to prepare and prayers for any more rain to hold off for a little fall fun.

“We had pumpkins, just not set up like this,” Nunes said.

About 3,500 pumpkins should be setup in time for the new opening day. Last year, 25,000 people visited the pumpkin patch.