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Kyle Potter, Published May 19 2013

Stretch of I-94 floods near Jamestown; car hydroplanes and tips

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Heavy rain on Sunday flooded a stretch of Interstate 94 about 10 miles west of Jamestown, slowing traffic, sweeping semi trucks off the road and causing one car to hydroplane and flip.

Water covered the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-94 starting early Sunday morning, forcing officials to temporarily divert westbound traffic to nearby exit and entrance ramps near mile marker 248.

The water also took its toll on the eastbound lanes, causing a chunk of pavement in the right-hand lane to pop out.

Westbound traffic on I-94 re-opened around 5 p.m., but traffic in both directions was still slowed to 15 mph Sunday night – in case water levels crept back up.

A car driving roughly 65 mph hydroplaned and flipped into the water at about 6:20 p.m. No injuries were reported from that accident, Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Gebhardt said.

About 2.3 inches of rain had fallen in the Jamestown area since Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Another up to 1.3 inches was expected to fall through Sunday.

That forecast prompted the weather service to issue a flood watch for the Jamestown area through tonight.

As of 8:30 a.m. water had reced on both eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 94 near Jamestown, though drivers were being advised conditions could change rapdidly.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kyle Potter at (701) 241-5502