- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Bottineau and Renville counties in northern North Dakota are dealing with flooding after a weekend of heavy rain.

Storms brought as much as 9 inches of rain to some areas. Road culverts can’t handle all of the water on fields and in ditches, so crews are cutting open some roads to keep water flowing and away from farmhouses, Bottineau County Road Superintendent Rich Gimbel told KXMC-TV.

“The only place we are cutting roads is where there is a house in jeopardy,” he said.

The runoff also is pushing up the level of the Souris River in the region, but no major flooding is expected, the Minot Daily News reported.

“That (storm) bulls-eye did not fall on the Souris River Basin, but the Souris did get a lot of rain, 2-5 inches on average,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Merriman.

The heavy rain also swamped some highways in the region, including state Highway 256 south of Antler, where traffic speeds were reduced, and U.S. Highway 83, the main north-south artery in central North Dakota. Floodwaters receded from all four lanes of U.S. 83 near Coleharbor on Monday, and traffic began moving normally again, the state Transportation Department reported.

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