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Published June 26, 2013, 03:58 PM

Thunderstorms hit northern valley, though damage much less severe

In addition to the south, the northern end of the valley was hit by thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday, though damage was limited to just some downed trees and branches.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

In addition to the south, the northern end of the valley was hit by thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday, though damage was limited to just some downed trees and branches. Parts of Walsh county, including Grafton, got about 2 inches of rain within about an hour's time.

That has compounded the problem of saturated ground in that area. Many of the ditches and low lying areas quickly filed with water. Walsh County Emergency Manager Brent Nelson says the heavy downpours in a short time have plagued the area this spring.

Nelson: "Two inches in less than an hour doesn't do anyone any good. It just runs right off, it doesn't benefit any of the plants or crops. It comes too fast and too hard and and basically ends as run off."

Rainfall in the Grand Forks area ranged from an inch and a quarter at the Air Force Base to less than half an inch at the national weather service office in Grand Forks.

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