- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some North Dakota counties are dealing with damaged roads after a weekend of heavy rains and flooding.

Morton County roads need maintenance in about 60 areas after the latest storm, the second major rainstorm in two weeks. Four inches of rain fell on some parts of the county, and the ground is so saturated in parts that the water has not soaked in, Road Superintendent Nick Kraft told KXMB-TV.

“Everything runs everywhere. It just runs,” he said.

At least one road was closed and The Bismarck Tribune reported that a rural bridge near Hebron was washed out by flooding.

“With eight trucks going, by Wednesday I want to have a good handle on (repairs), as long as the weather holds out,” said Kraft, who drove about 500 miles of roads after the rain surveying damage.

Ward County implemented weight restrictions for some waterlogged gravel roads Monday, to prevent vehicles from damaging them further, the Minot Daily News reported. The restrictions will remain in place until early Wednesday, provided there is no more rain.

The forecast is mainly dry with scattered rain showers on Tuesday and a slight chance of thunderstorms late in the week. Starting Wednesday, “it looks like a nice dry period,” National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Mathews told the Tribune.

The weekend rain pushed the August total in Dickinson to a record 6.25 inches, breaking a record that had stood for 60 years in the southwestern city. The previous record was 5.55 inches in 1954.


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