Water Emergency

The executive director of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District says 400 farmers who are having their wells shut down because of a lack of water need help now.

Tom Cech says the crops of the farmers living in the eastern plains will be dead in a week because of the drought.

Yesterday, Governor Bill Owens declared a state of disaster emergency in the region, where the South Platte River is located.

Hopkins says the declaration will allow the state to tap up to one million dollars to help find water.

The state is also applying for federal disaster loans.

Cech says farmers appreciated the grant, but they need assistance now to save their crops.

But Phil Mortensen, who runs a 200-acre farm outside Brush, says farmers need water -- not loans.