A brief downpour in Grand Forks brought some much-needed rain to the area Monday afternoon, July 19, WDAY StormTracker meteorologist Jesse Ritka said.
According to Ritka, about 0.25 to 0.3 inches of rain fell in Grand Forks on Monday. Although there were some reports of flooding in town during the rain, Grand Forks Water Works Director Melanie Parvey said the city had not heard reports of any issues, and all stormwater and pump stations were operating as normal.
Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said that according to dispatch, the department received one call about flooding on a small portion of DeMers Avenue, but when no further calls came in, he said the problem was likely very temporary.
Lead StormTracker meteorologist John Wheeler said that during heavy rains, it's common for streets to briefly flood, as was likely the case in Grand Forks on Monday.
"Downpours often produce temporary street flooding in our flat cities. I suspect it was only temporary," he told the Herald. "Also, in a drought, people will see water ponding in the street and it seems worse than it is."
It's the second bit of much-needed rain Grand Forks County has seen in the last few days.
Last week, a powerful, slow moving thunderstorm dumped as much as 9 inches of rain on farms and fields north of Larimore, drowning crops and washing out roads.
From several inches to several feet of water flowed in ditches along North Dakota Highway 18 north of Larimore into Thursday evening, July 15, about four hours after the rains had ended. Further north and east, parts of wheat and soybean fields were submerged, and water gushed over the gravel road adjacent to them. Water also had pooled in some farmsteads along the road, the Herald previously reported.