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Published June 19, 2010, 01:41 PM

10 Years Ago: Torrential rains sweep across Fargo-Moorhead

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tonight marks the tenth anniversary of a deluge of rain that wreaked havoc over the Fargo Moorhead metro. Nearly seven inches of rain in under seven hours came down that night; more from WDAY 6 Meteorologist Rob Kupec.

With tornado sirens blaring, torrential rains swept across Fargo-Moorhead on the evening of June 19th. Thunderstorms continued to move over the city until the early morning hours in what is known as training.

The next morning residents awoke to find major thoroughfares like thirteenth Ave, 25th Street and Interstate 94 turned into lakes. Twenty four hours after the rain had first started, the water showed no signs of retreating.

People in basement and garden level apartments were inundated with water from the street and from sewage back up when left stations were knocked out. The Fargodome was especially hard hit, with water filling the dome through the truck dock and rising up to the third row of seats.

The Dome suffered ten million dollars in damage. Also hard hit was the NDSU library. One of a kind documents and pictures were lost, from the Germans from Russia collection, though a large number were saved through the efforts of staff and volunteers by flash freezing many items.

The flood of June 2000 is the largest one day rain total in Fargo history and most of it came in under six hours. The nearly 7 inches of rain that fell that night is nearly one third the total average rainfall for an entire year in Fargo.