Rain clouds clobber city; up to 4 inches reported

Rain clouds clobber city; up to 4 inches reported By M. Jill Karolevitz Rain clouds hovered for several hours over Vermillion Tuesday afternoon and evening, dumping as much as 4 inches or more of rain in different areas of the city.

By 5 p.m. the ditches in front of Hy-vee Food Store and Pamida were nearly full to the brim and city crews were keeping a watch out for potential flooding.

�We got 2 1/4 inches out here at the (wastewater) plant,� said Paul Brunick, wastewater department superintendent. �But I talked to some people who live in the Tom Street area who got close to 4 inches. And I heard in the Meckling area they hardly had anything.�

Eric Solberg, a salesman for Meckling Fertilizer, said the gauge there registered .4 of an inch. Less than 1/2 inch was reported in Mission Hill. East of Vermillion, near the Coffee Cup, rain totals measured just a little over an inch.

John Hamm, manager of Plains Ag, said his rain gauge registered 3 1/2 inches. He noted that farther out in the country, north of Vermillion, farmers are concerned about their crops already in the ground and soybeans that have yet to be planted.

�It seems like the rain made a northwest swath through here,� Hamm said. �Fifteen to 20 miles north of here it�s pretty wet. Some corn is under water and some are struggling to get their beans in. We didn�t need that much rain.�

Kevin Myron, owner of AG OPPortunities, Inc., agreed.

�We got 3 1/2 to 4 inches here,� he said. �Luckily the lion�s share of the crops

around the area have been planted prior to this rain, but I imagine there will be some bean fields that won�t get planted. There was a lot of land bordering the Vermillion River that I imagine just got clobbered. And it was already wet.�

The weekend forecast, according to the National Weather Service, calls for a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms Friday afternoon. Saturday and Sunday thunderstorms are also possible, with highs in the lower 80s.

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