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Record rains bring flooding to Sioux Falls area
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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Record rains are causing some flooding problems in the Sioux Falls area.

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The Argus Leader reports that Sioux Falls already has received almost 10 inches of rain in June, or two inches above normal for the entire month.

The previous record for June rain was 8.43 inches in 1984. The number also broke the record for rain in any month, which had been 9.42 inches in May 1898.

The heaviest stretch of rain was early Sunday morning at 2.73 inches, National Weather Service meteorologist Philip Schumacher said.

"Anytime you start talking about an inch in six hours, that can be a lot. But if you talk two to three inches in that time that could cause problems," he said.

Frank Jager couldn't leave his house Sunday because the excessive rainfall flooded the channel that usually runs underneath his bridged driveway. What typically is a 2- or 4-foot wide creek turned into a 30-foot wide body of water that washed away a 6-by-7 foot chunk of his gravel driveway. He said it happened within four hours.

Heavy rain and low visibility sent two Argus Leader distribution employees into a pond Sunday morning near the Westward Ho Country Club in Sioux Falls.

The two were able to escape out of the pickup's windows, distribution manager Laurel Osborne said.

A tow truck was been called to retrieve the submerged truck.

The National Weather Service was forecasting more rain on Monday and Tuesday.

Schumacher said even with the heavy early June rain, the weather service doesn't expect Sioux Falls to break the record for rainfall the entire summer.

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