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Linton Experiences Torrential Rains

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Stormy weather certainly made its way across much of the state.

The more severe storms caused flooding and damage in rural areas south of Interstate 94.

"I've been here like 11 years and it's never been this bad," says Tracie Ritz, Owner, Ritz Gallery & Gifts Coffee Shop and Dakota Martial Arts.

Tracie Ritz is a business owner in downtown Linton...

What would have been a normal work day for her, changed unexpectedly overnight.

"Water came in the front door. I'm sure pretty much all of the buildings on main street had water," says Ritz.

Emergency Managers say Linton received reports of anywhere from two and a half to three and a half inches of rain, but in a very short amount of time.

The quick cloudburst caused local street flooding and a few road washouts.

"As cars drove by they made waves," says Ritz.

Main street may be right as rain today but yesterday businesses found themselves in deep water trying to battle the heavy rainfall.

"My fiance closed up the coffee shop and had to run across the street to the other building because we had rain coming in and it was knee deep as he was crossing the street," says Ritz.

Tracie's daughter Cerasi was spending the night at a friend's house when the storm moved in.

"We saw waterfalls going down the window and she has a pool in back and the pool was overflowing," says Cerasi Voigt, Tracie's Daughter.

Luckily, there was no significant damage reported.

While residents in Linton may prefer to take a rain check on future torrential downpours...it did give way to an eye-catching sight.

"When the rain was over, we saw a really pretty sunset and it was pink and orange and yellow," says Voigt.

Emergency managers say Beaver Creek, which runs through Linton is on the rise but poses no threats of flooding yet. 

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