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Not First Time Road Is Under Water

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All the rain is causing a big hassle for drivers near Jamestown, ND. Part of I-94 is shut down Sunday night because of water flowing over the roads after the area got a little over 2 inches of rain.

The West bound lane is being diverted and the East bound lane is being allowed to drive through, very carefully. This isn't the first time the road has seen this problem, and it's probably not the last.

Many people were hoping for a little rain, but when it all drains down to one area it causes some problems.

"Yea I got the call right around 7 o'clock this morning that we had water over the road here heavy rain." says Mark Hoffman with the Jamestown DOT.

This is the fourth time in nine years that this part of the roads been submerged underwater after it rains.

"It's a drainage thing we got three big pipes here and the railroad installed another pipe, it's just when you get this much liquid so quick it just takes time." Mark says.

Around 1pm on Sunday the traffic going East was backed up almost a mile because they have to drive slow through the water. Officials say the water on the road is almost 10 to 14 inches deep.

"It took us about a half hour to get through the line, we were just worried about the wake and weather it'd get in the air filter and stuff." says Joel Bakken.

"If they travel at a low speed their motor will be fine, it's if they get too much speed they could spin their belt off or stall their motor out." Mark says.

"We didn't know if we were going to make it or not, the water was pretty high." Joel laughs.

During the first few hours that the road was flooded, two semis got stuck in the ditch. It was a sight many took pictures of and spread the word not to take the road.

"We actually called back to Dickinson and told Kari's son to go another way." Joel says.

Officials say most likely will still be flooded Monday. Crews will be working overnight to make sure drivers are aware of the water, and to keep them safe.

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