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Published June 28, 2013, 04:50 PM

Valley City Police Department evidence is ruined because of flooding

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- Hundreds of Criminal Cases in Valley City could be in jeopardy. 6 to 7 inches of water fell in about 4 hours, flooding the basement of the police department.

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) -- Hundreds of Criminal Cases in Valley City could be in jeopardy. 6 to 7 inches of water fell in about 4 hours, flooding the basement of the police department.

The Police Department here in Valley City was one of the hardest hit places from last weeks storm rain water rushed into the basement damaging thousands of pieces of evidence.

Thompson: "I'd say about 7 to 8 feet of water."

A crew had just finished a six week long process of removing lead out of the basement before the torrential rain.

Thompson: "They boarded up the windows for us and when the parking lot flooded in the back the minor protection that we had couldn't withstand the pressure of all of that water."

Valley City Police Chief Fred Thompson says the flooded basement damaged most of the departments evidence, everything from cell phones, drug paraphernalia and important documents.

Thompson: "We are in the process of removing all the evidence out and then letting it set out and dry so it can dry out, then we have to start looking at the packaging see if we can identify what case it belongs to, some of the packaging was destroyed to the point where you cant read it anymore so we might not be able to match that piece of evidence to a particular case."

It's not sure what affect the damaged evidence will have on certain cases, but there is one sure thing, long hours ahead. Recovering evidence could take months.

Thompson: "Slows down operations obviously because we have to spend a lot of time trying to put the evidence thing back together, but we'll carry on."

For the time being sandbags are in place just in case mother nature decides to let more rain drops fall.

The police department's gym was also damaged.

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