KIMBALL - Ryan Larsen said his family’s farm 15 miles northwest of Kimball isn’t quite cut off from civilization, but it’s close.
Heavy rain early Monday morning saturated the already wet ground, causing ditches to flood and roadways to be inundated with rushing, impassable water.
"We have had rains like this in the past, but it seems like when we have had them we needed the rain," Larsen said. "This year, the ground is already so saturated it doesn’t have anywhere to go."
Ray Urban lives nearby and echoed Larsen’s take on the situation.
"With the heavy rains for that long and the ground being so saturated, it just couldn’t keep up, so it started going everywhere," Urban said. "There wasn’t any wind - it just rained really hard for a really long time."
Urban, who received 5 inches of rain at his home, said a neighbor counted 12 roads with water going over them within a 10-mile radius.
Rain totals ranged between 4 and 6 inches in the path of the storm, while residents two miles to the north and the south reported only 1.5 inches.
National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Barber said areas of heavy rain can occur in small sections of a larger storm.
"With showery storms like we had early Monday morning, it is very easy to see those types of variations over short distances because the storms are so localized," he said.
David Viereck could be seen navigating the soggy roadways north of Kimball on Monday afternoon and said rains rushed through gullies, tearing out fence along his land.
"Right now, we don’t have any cattle out, but as soon as the water stops running I think we will," he said. "We have a lot of fence to fix."
Both Larsen and Urban said the planting of their crops had been done in advance of the storm.
"We might replant a couple low-lying areas that we replanted once already because they flooded out, but that is about it," Urban said.
Larsen said if he hadn’t gotten his crops in before this storm, he likely wouldn’t have been able to plant at all this year.
The National Weather Service was predicting more rain for the Kimball area between Monday night and this morning. An additional 1 to 2 inches was possible.
Barber said the extra moisture won’t have much of an impact on the flooded Missouri River.
"There will be some potential for local flooding on smaller streams," Barber said, "but because the rainfall is over such a small area and the Missouri River drainage basin is so large, I would expect it only to cause a small rise."