Heavy rains flood EmeradoHeavy rains are causing overland flooding in Emerado. Culverts filled with rushing water last night, spilling onto roadways and flooding nearby homes.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
Heavy rains are causing overland flooding in Emerado. Culverts filled with rushing water last night, spilling onto roadways and flooding nearby homes.
Emerado residents tell us this is the worst flooding they've seen in nearly ten years. Roads and homes near the school got the worst of it last night, when hay from nearby fields clogged up culverts. The townspeople worked fast using sump pumps to get it under control. Luckily, residents we spoke with ended up with only a few inches of water in their basements.
Jake Lanes, Grand Forks County Sheriff's Deputy: "Last night about 6:30 we noticed the water had raised up out of the ditch at the intersection of Franklin and Main Street, and it rose up over the road about calf deep and some places about knee deep."
Tony Handon, Emerado resident: "It broke basically so all the water came rushing in off the field. Overland flooding, it got really deep really fast and was all over the place."
Emerado authorities say residents should limit water use and prepare for more flooding if rains continue.