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B and Jeffers, 1 p.m.
Heavy rain in a short period of time overwhelmed the North Platte storm sewers Friday.An inch of rain fell within 30 minutes or so around noon, Public Service Director Wes Meyer said. Three hours later, as intermittent showers continued, most streets were still flooded.
At 3 p.m., Meyer said he didn't know of any storm sewer problems, but is still checking.
"I was out while it was raining and I’m going out again now that it’s let up to see if there are any areas where we might have a plugged drain,” he said.
Showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue through Friday night. The rain will help the area come out of an extended drought. From Jan. 1 - May 22, only 3.34 inches of precipitation fell -- about 60 percent of normal, according to the National Weather Service station at North Platte's regional airport.
There is a 30% chance of rain continuing through the Memorial Day weekend, forecasters said.