Herald JournalHerald Journal, June 30, 2003

On the anniversary of last year's flood, it rained

By Lynda Jensen

Lightning and heavy rain ranging from four to six inches in the local area marked the one-year anniversary of historic flooding one year ago, June 24 through 25, 2002.

However, unlike last year, the ground wasn't saturated; with little overall damage being reported by local city offices and law enforcement agencies.

The worst of it appeared to be west and north, as rain gauge readers from Stockholm and Albion townships reported 6.15 and 5.8 inches, respectively.

"I could hear the hail," said Vickie Berg of Albion Township. It was difficult to tell in the dark, she added.

Wayne Anderson of Stockholm Township did not register hail.

Big Waverly Lake rose five inches, said Waverly Lake Association President Jennifer Andrews. Howard Lake did not register an increase, Mayor Gerry Smith said.

In Howard Lake, Rod and Wanda Werner recorded 4.82 inches, and Patty Krohn near Lake Mary registered 4.2 inches.

Winsted rain gauge readers recorded three inches Tuesday night, southwest of Silver Lake received 1.25 inches, and Dan Wroge at the Lester Prairie treatment plant 1.43 with a trace of hail.

"We consider ourselves very lucky," commented rain gauge reader Gary Pollock, who lives southwest of Silver Lake.

KWOM 1600 radio station recorded 1.25 inches in Watertown Tuesday night, Bruce Johnson of the radio station said.

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