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Nebraska, Montana Fight Flooding After Storms

August 22, 1993

ANSELMO, Neb. (AP) _ Heavy rain on the already saturated Sandhills region caused street and basement flooding Sunday in the center of Nebraska.

″The town hasn’t had a flood like this in 50 years,″ said Gary Heilbrun, assistant volunteer fire chief. ″Some old-timers talk about running canoes down Main Street. But I’ve been here since 1978, and it’s never been like this.″

On the northern Plains, thunderstorms dumped as much as 7 inches of rain on northeastern Montana, flooding some roads.

More than 2 inches of rain fell in Anselmo, a valley town of 200 people near Broken Bow, in about 30 minutes around midnight Saturday, Heilbrun said. That came on top of 4 inches Friday.

Irrigation pumps pulled water from Anselmo streets and workers piled up sand and plastic to protect buildings.

About 12 firefighters and five local volunteers worked overnight Saturday and into Sunday. ″I’m beat,″ said Heilbrun, who worked 24 hours straight.

Pumping would likely continue into Monday, Heilbrun said. Flooding also occurred July 26 and the town pumped water from streets for three days, Heilbrun said.

Around Wolf Point, Mont., powerful thunderstorms dropped as much as 7 inches of rain Sunday.

Some roads were swamped, and 2 feet of water ran over a bridge on Tule Creek, officials reported.

Blown-down trees and high water blocked some roads in the area of Glasgow, Mont., during the night. Some vacant mobile homes were blown over and a few basements flooded, said Dick Wessler, emergency coordinator for Valley County.

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