Grand Forks County officials advised no travel early Tuesday in areas around Larimore and Gilby, north and west of Grand Forks, after a night of heavy rain washed out roads.
''Township roads, county roads ... they really took a beating,'' Larimore Mayor Marvin Denault said. ''There are washouts all over.''
A power outage officials in Larimore to warn people there not to use any water for a couple of hours Monday night. The restriction was canceled after power was restored about 10:30 p.m.
Denault said city streets were curb to curb with water.
''I remember some big rain storms, but this may be the grandaddy of them all, or at least lately, the last few years,'' he said.
Officials estimated western areas of Grand Forks County got between 6 inches and 10 inches of rain, with some locally heavier amounts.
Gilby firefighter Tom Brusegaard said many basements are flooded. He also said the rain washed out a 30- to 40-yard section of Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad tracks south of Gilby.
He said officials worried that as the sun came up, people would try to drive on the washed-out roads.
''We're putting up barricades, trying to close the roads where we can,'' he said early Tuesday.
Gilby is about 13 miles north and west of Grand Forks.
Meteorologist Al Volker said most of the heavy rain was moving out of the region. But he said occasional showers and thunderstorms were still possible later Tuesday.
Much of the state was under a tornado watch Monday night. Two tornadoes touched down in Grand Forks County, and funnel clouds were spotted in Billings and Walsh counties, the National Weather service said.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
''We did have quite a bit of street flooding in the city of Grafton,'' said Amy Sobolik, a spokeswoman for the Walsh County Sheriff's Office. The area got nearly 3 1/2 inches of rain in a four-hour period, she said.
Police Chief LeRoy McCann said no travel was advised in the city for a couple of hours Monday night.
The city of Grand Forks got hit with heavy rain, hail and winds that gusted to 60 mph, emergency manager Jim Campbell said.
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