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Bob Schwartz tests the water level in his yard to see if there's anywhere he can divert the water. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Hubbard County gets 5 inch soaking overnight

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Hubbard County residents woke up Independence Day to soaked basements, sump pumps running overtime and dehumidifiers overflowing after nearly 5 inches of rain drenched the region overnight.

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National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kaiser said three days of string southerly winds culminated in a huge moisture system moving into the area.

Kaiser said the Park Rapids Municipal Airport reported 4.8 inches of rain; a weather spotter near Height of Land Lake called in with5.65 inches.

"Five inches is a lot of water," he said.

Bob Schwartz was trying to figure out how to bail out his Lake Emma lot that was covered by several inches of new moisture.

"It's not going anywhere," he said.

Kaiser said a heavy band of precipitation that stretched from the Laporte/Benedict area to Fergus Falls dumped 4 inches of rain.

"That was the heavy, heavy stuff," Kaiser said. "The lighter stuff continued all night," he said. The good news is that the skies will clear in time for holiday parades and fireworks tonight, Kaiser said. Lake residents found some docks under water as lake levels rose 5 inches.

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