MOORHEAD – Motorists here dealt with flooded streets after a short but heavy downpour hit the metro area Wednesday afternoon. 

The floods were caused by rainfall that started shortly before 3 p.m. and lasted less than an hour, said WDAY Meteorologist John Wheeler.

“The biggest problem was not that it was two, 2.5 inches of rain,” Wheeler said. “It was that it fell in such a short time.”

The rainfall amounts varied widely in Fargo-Moorhead. In Dilworth, about 2.5 inches were recorded, Wheeler said, but Hector International Airport in north Fargo only recorded about 0.01 inches of rain.

At least a dozen vehicles stalled after their drivers attempted to drive through some flooded streets in Moorhead.

Moorhead police Sgt. Scott Kostohryz said the worst of the high water was along 20th Street, where about 10 vehicles flooded.

While most streets cleared out quickly in Moorhead, 20th Street was still blocked off between 16th and 24th avenues south at 6 p.m., he said.

“The amount of rain we got at one time, it just overpowered the streets,” Kostohryz said.

Fargo police Sgt. Chris Nichtern said he was not aware of any accidents or injuries in the city that resulted from the flood.

Emily Dahl and a friend were out warning motorists in Moorhead to turn around before they approached a heavily flooded intersection.

“Some didn’t, some did and some stalled,” she said.

The heavy rain in Moorhead also caused a few cancellations, including the Trollwood Performing Arts School’s first-night performance of “Mary Poppins.”

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