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Water Still Impacting Roads

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With the heavy rain we've been seeing, many roads around the Fargo area have water over the road way.

If you are going west bound on I-94, the Sheyenne exit is now open to Northbound traffic but still closed to Southbound. If you are going eastbound on I-94 the exit is open heading Southbound on Sheyenne Street but closed heading Northbound. Crews hope to have that back open sometime Thursday afternoon.

On Sheyenne Street the water was about 8 to 10 feet deep and about 30 feet wide but it has dropped to almost 2-4 feet depth as two pumps continue to take water out at a rate of 2,200 gallons of water per minute, per pump.

West Fargo Police say that all city underpasses were closed due to flooding at one point Thursday. They say the Center Street underpass and County Road 19 underpass were particularly bad areas.

In Fargo, 12th Avenue North was closed from I-29 to 45th Street but that has been reduced to 40th St. - 41st St. Police say there is about 2 feet of standing water on the road. Barriers have been put up and officials have been monitoring the roads.

Crews kept an eye throughout the day on Elm Street near El Zagel Golf Course in north Fargo, which is typically where Fargo floods first when we see heavy rain. Around 3 a.m., it was about a foot and a half from the road.

The 100 block on North University and 19th Avenue North from Broadway to North University have patches of water over the roadway.

Fargo Police Sergeant Bill Ahlfeldt says if you're out driving and can't see the roadway, don't drive over it. Some patches of water can be a few inches deep and others can be a few feet deep.

Officers also say you should be cautious when driving under overpasses Thursday night -- those areas are normally the first to flood.

In Moorhead, water was over the southbound lanes of 8th Street in the 700-800 block.

Crews hope to have all roads back up in full condition and open by early evening as long as the heavy rain stays away.  

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