No travel advised in Valley City after storm dumps rain
VALLEY CITY -- A deluge of rain -- 4.3 to 6.2 inches -- blasted Valley City and surrounding Barnes County on Thursday evening, and officials advised no travel in the area.
Water had risen over numerous roads, making some impassable, said Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson.
"We're getting wet, very wet," Thompson said. "... We're working on blockading streets where appropriate, and we put extra personnel in, and we're just dealing with it."
Three extra police officers had been called in, he added.
The police department had received multiple reports of basement flooding as well as one report of a caved-in basement wall, Thompson said.
"We would appreciate it if (people) would stay off the roads, if at all possible. Stay in their homes," Thompson said.
As of 9 p.m. Thursday, Barnes County, including Valley City, remained in a flash flood warning that was set to expire at noon today.
"We always say if you can see water ahead of you, you're to turn around and go back in the direction you came in that's dry," said Bill Barrett, meteorologist technician with the National Weather Service's Grand Forks office. "Don't drive into it."
Barrett said a measurement of 4.3 inches of rain had been taken at Valley City State University, and another measurement two miles of west of the city had reached 6.2 inches.
That was as of 9 p.m., and the weather event wasn't over yet.
"Some areas are going to be hit again with rain and weather," Barrett warned. "It may not necessarily be Valley City, say tomorrow or Saturday, but there'll be more in our general region coming up."
Barrett advised people to stay indoors during weather events, including flash floods.
"A lot of times, you can do the right things, and things still happen because (severe weather) can come up at a moment's notice," Barrett said.