- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

FAIRMOUNT, N.D. (AP) - Water restrictions are in place in Fairmount after a thunderstorm packing strong winds damaged the small town’s water tower.

Richland County Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht tells KFGO radio (http://bit.ly/1TCeP6F ) the storm hit about 10 p.m. Tuesday. He says part of the water tower collapsed into itself, and it’s not known how long repairs will take.

The tower is still being used, but only for fire protection. Residents are being told to use tap water only for bathing, or to boil water before drinking it. The Red Cross is providing bottled water at City Hall for drinking and cooking.

The strong winds also damaged power poles and lines, knocking out service to parts of the town of 400 people south of Wahpeton. Ottertail Power had service restored in about two hours.

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Information from: KFGO-AM, http://www.kfgo.com

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