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Dave Olson, Published June 26 2013

VIDEOS: Wolverton area gets 9 inches of rain; downtown Fargo YMCA closed; fire damages Oakport home

FARGO – Storms dropped heavy rains over parts of the region Tuesday night and early this morning, with Wolverton, Minn., reporting 8.24 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The Weather Service said areas around Wolverton reported up to 9 inches.

Hector International Airport in Fargo reported a storm total of 3.96 inches of rain, while Oakport Township reported 6.3 inches, the Weather Service said.

Nancy Olthoff, the mayor of Wolverton, said the city was dealing this morning with a number of washed out roads that had left residents of one neighborhood unable to leave the neighborhood using their vehicles.

She said the city council held an emergency meeting this morning and city officials declared an emergency, primarily, she said, to make sure the city would be eligible for possible financial assistance from the state and federal governments for costs the city will incure cleaning up after the storm.

Olthoff said she knows of one family in town that had four feet of water in their basement after Tuesday's heavy rains flooded a nearby coulee.

A fire believed to have started from a lightning strike heavily damaged a home in 7000 block of Ninth Street North in Oakport overnight, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

The residents of the home were able to get out safely, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said firefighters were at the home until about 3 a.m. today. He said the lightning strike apparently melted wiring inside the home, which led to the fire starting in the ceiling of the basement, making it difficult for firefighters to reach it.

He said at one point bullets in a shop in the basement of the home began going off, but no one was injured.

According to the Weather Service, other rainfall storm totals included 2.5 inches at Hitterdal, Minn.; 2.85 inches at Hatton, N.D.; 3.8 inches, Casselton, N.D.; 3.35 inches, north Moorhead; 2.30 inches, Hillsboro, N.D.; 2 inches, Horace, N.D.; 2 inches, Fertile, Minn.; 0.11 inch, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; 0.10 inch, Rothsay, Minn.

Heavy rain in Fargo caused the sewer to back up at the Fercho YMCA in downtown Fargo, which will be closed through Friday, according to a news release.

The facility and fitness areas will reopen at their regular times on Saturday morning. The pools will reopen Monday.

Child care, KinderKamp Preschool, Busy Beaver Day Camp and Camp Coda will resume Thursday and Friday. The Playstation will not be available for before and after care for these programs.

Paul Finstad, YMCA president, said damage to things like sheetrock and flooring was being evaluated Wednesday.

In the meantime, he said, YMCA members can use the Schlossman Family YMCA, 4243 19th Ave. S., and the Family Wellness facility at 2960 Seter Parkway.

According to the Weather Service, the 2.56 inches of rain that fell in Fargo on Tuesday set a record for the day. The old record of 0.99 inches was set in 1969.

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