We all know North Dakota is known for ever-changing weather, and this morning was no different. Heavy rain poured down in the magic city around 10:00 AM, slowing down construction zones, and even affecting drivers.
"The biggest thing we're concerned with is when you get that amount of water in a short period of time then the storm drains aren't going to handle that amount of water," says Dan Jonasson, Minot Public Works director.
Because the water was rushing in so fast, it was building up in the streets.
"The storm drains aren't designed to handle that amount of water, it's just cost prohibited. You'd have to have too big of pipes to handle that amount of water so the water ends up in the streets and it's designed to do so, it will build up in the streets and then meter itself out," says Jonasson.
Jonasson says it's frustrating when weather slows down construction.
"All the construction projects, we've had enough rain here that they're all behind schedule, it's going to set them back, I would guess a day or so. It shouldn't affect them a lot as long as we've got the warm weather afterwards they'll be able to get back in there and get going on most of the work again," says Jonasson.
He says most construction zones are already back up and running.
"6th Street Underpass, there are already catch basins there, but they've got silt protection on them so they take a little longer for the water to go down because of all the dirt and everything, so it doesn't get into our pump stations. Most of the contractors when they have water in their sites they will pump out and dry it out," says Jonasson.