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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Weekend rainfall sets records in the Dakotas

  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Weekend rainfall in the Dakotas set records in both states and led to flash flooding in some areas.
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  • BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Weekend rainfall in the Dakotas set records in both states and led to flash flooding in some areas.
    More showers were in the forecast for both states in the coming week, with storms a possibility on Friday, the Fourth of July. A severe thunderstorm watch was posted early Monday for southeastern South Dakota, where a couple of weeks of wet weather have led to severe flooding.
    Minot in northern North Dakota got more than 2.6 inches of rain on Saturday, breaking a 62-year-old record for the date, according to the National Weather Service. Pierre in central South Dakota got more than 1.4 inches that day, also a record, and nearly all of that rain fell in just one hour, according to KCCR radio.
    Water inundated some roads, including U.S Highway 83 in central North Dakota — a major north-south artery. The rain also washed out a day of games at the McQuade charity softball tournament in Bismarck, which drew more than 450 teams from around the country. The annual event is billed as the largest nonprofit, one-weekend slow-pitch tournament in the country.
    It was only the third time in 39 years that a day of the tournament was rained out, according to The Bismarck Tribune. Manager Mike Wolf told the newspaper and KXMB-TV that it was hard on everyone involved.
    "We lost literally thousands of dollars (Saturday) in money. We lost money at the gate, in T-shirt sales and from the silent auctions. It's a trickle-down effect," Wolf said. "I have umpires who have driven hundreds of miles to get here and fans who have driven a long way."

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