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Published June 14, 2011, 06:52 PM

Heavy Rain Drenches Parts of Steele County

Monday night's storms washed out roads and flooded fields in Steele county. Up to five inches of rain fell in a short time just south of Finley. That much rain that quick can cause a lot of problems.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Monday night's storms washed out roads and flooded fields in Steele county.

Up to five inches of rain fell in a short time just south of Finley. That much rain that quick can cause a lot of problems.

Farmer John Veile was working in his soybean field just south of Finley when the storm hit.

"This was just a monsoon. I've been heavy, torrential rains before and this was as tough as i've ever seen," Veile said.

Veile says, when the rain stopped a couple of hours later, his rain gauge had just under five inches.

That much rain that quick brings problems.

"It breaks through here and goes down a mile and knocks out a county road," Veile said.

The water from the storm continues to flow Tuesday, adding to the damage.

"Coming back, the road was gone and I was like 'oh wonderful,'" Veile said.

Veile blames the small culvert size in the county for a lot of the road damage.

"So much pressure from the water behind and you do have a small culvert. It's going to cut around it and it's going to just push it's way through," Veile said.

It's not known right now what affect the rain will have on the crops in the area. There are signs of erosion from last night's down pour.

"You've got beans that are just emerging. And you get a really heavy rain packing it down, it can crust and if you have hot weather behind it, you are really going to have problems with those beans getting out of the ground," Veile said.

A county road supervisor says the damage has not been totaled yet, but estimates there is about $60,000 in damage to just one road.

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