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More than 1.6 inches of rain falls in three days in area

Three wet days left the Mitchell area soggy, with some county roads in poor shape and pools of water standing on already-saturated soil. More than 1.6 inches of rain fell from Thursday through Saturday, according to Don Morin, the National Weathe...

Three wet days left the Mitchell area soggy, with some county roads in poor shape and pools of water standing on already-saturated soil.

More than 1.6 inches of rain fell from Thursday through Saturday, according to Don Morin, the National Weather Service's day program manager in Sioux Falls.

While there was just a trace of rain in Mitchell Sunday, .92 of an inch fell Saturday, .41 of an inch splashed down Friday and .31 of an inch landed Thursday, totaling 1.64 inches of rain in three days.

Davison County Emergency Management Director Jim Montgomery said some areas were hit worse than others by the weekend rains.

"It was just kind of hit and miss around here," Montgomery said. "Our roads are really in bad shape but they were starting to come around. They need some wind and warmer days and this won't help."

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The community gardens were underwater Saturday morning and at least one county road south of Mitchell was in poor shape, causing a call to The Daily Republic by a local resident who asked why the road was in such rugged condition.

Montgomery said he wasn't aware of any more roads being closed in the county but admitted the heavy rain can only damage roads already in poor condition.

Mitchell has received 9.32 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1, Morin said. That's 1.51 inches above normal for the year, he said.

More rain is in the forecast for this week, Morin said.

"Looks like another coolish week with some spotty showers," he said.

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