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Published June 05, 2013, 06:41 PM

Estimated 1/2 of Grafton basements flooded

Sump pumps in thousands of basements continue to run in Northeastern North Dakota as more rain hits the region. One of the hardest hit towns is Grafton, where it's estimated half of the basements had at least some level of water in their basement.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Sump pumps in thousands of basements continue to run in Northeastern North Dakota as more rain hits the region. One of the hardest hit towns is Grafton, where it's estimated half of the basements had at least some level of water in their basement.

Those levels ranged from the amount you could clean up with a wet/dry vac to the much more serious where carpet, furniture and other items had to be removed and thrown away. Today the water battles continues with sump pumps running to keep up with water that continues to seep in from the saturated ground. And Grafton received another 3/4 to an inch of rain yesterday. Water restrictions remain in affect as the city wants to let the lift stations catch up and the river water levels to go down to open up more storm sewer drains.

Brent Nelson, Emergency Manager: "They are keeping up with it now in their basements, but there is still water seeping in. Whether it's coming in the floors. This is intern rain over night and keeps the water moving."

The Red Cross and the Salvation Army have clean up kits available at the Walsh County Emergency Management office which is located next the Court House in Grafton. The kits are free of charge.

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