- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - Heavy rains in droughty Eastern Oregon set a one-day record in Ontario, dumping more than half an inch of moisture and stranding one motorist.

The Argus Observer (http://bit.ly/RTqTX2) reports that drivers whose vehicles had higher clearance towed the motorist out of a “giant puddle” that submerged sidewalks along Fifth Avenue in the city at Oregon’s far eastern edge.

The National Weather Service said the rainfall total for Thursday was .58 inches. The record had been .42, set in 1998.

Kathie Dello of the Oregon Weather Service at Oregon State says the rainfall is a huge amount for the area, but it’s not likely to make a great difference in the region’s overall picture - it’s now in the third year of drought.

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