Mother Nature put on an electrifying light show for Vermillion residents Friday night, and the storm front fortunately brought nothing more serious than a bout of wind and rain to the community. Earlier in the week, heavy rains flooded lowland areas in Clay County, and the water of the Vermillion River swelled to the point that it was not uncommon for trees along its banks to have water lapping against them. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for many rivers in the eastern part of the state, including the Vermillion River near Wakonda. As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, it was predicted that river levels would reach 15 feet near that community. The flood stage is 14 feet. The river was expected to remain near 15 feet through Wednesday, and fall below flood stage by Saturday. (Photo by David Lias)

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