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Flooding creates early morning hazard on I-94 in Moorhead

Storm and sanitary systems couldn't push water out fast enough throughout Moorhead early Monday morning, said Bob Zimmerman, city engineer.

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A sump pump sends water into the street in a south Fargo neighborhood during heavy rain on Monday, May 9, 2022.
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MOORHEAD — The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a warning for motorists of water over the road on Interstate 94 in Moorhead early Monday morning.

Water was over the road on the interstate near Main Avenue and 34th Street, and nearby pumps did not operate correctly for about 30 minutes.

"This morning, the pump failed, but crews were able to restore it quickly," said Emma Olson, spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Storm and sanitary systems couldn't push water out fast enough throughout Moorhead early Monday morning, said Bob Zimmerman, city engineer.

"Some are operating over capacity, resulting in temporary street flooding around town, but I don't know of any damage from that yet," Zimmerman said.

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Another area that had enough water on the road to be a concern was on Highway 10, west of 21st Street, Zimmerman said.

"The water just needs to pass through, and until it does we'll see some of that street flooding. If the rain stops, it's a matter of hours and things will be fine," Zimmerman said.

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"Minor traffic backups ensued, and vehicles slowed down for the water, but no significant delays were reported," Olson said.

The flooding in Moorhead appeared to be resolved by early afternoon.

Early Monday morning, areas along North University Drive in Fargo were also covered with water, but traffic was not delayed. One trouble spot was between 16th and 17th avenues, which had at least six inches of water.

"There is street flooding, but we are not at a level where sandbagging is a consideration," said Gregg Schildberger, city spokesperson.

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Flooding on North University Drive covered the entire road between 16th and 17th avenues on Monday, May 9, 2022, in Fargo.
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