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Drought nearly wiped out by rainstorm for parts of the eastern Iron Range

The long drought of 2006-2007 was almost wiped out in one giant rainstorm for parts of the eastern Iron Range Thursday and today with some areas receiving almost 9 inches.

The long drought of 2006-2007 was almost wiped out in one giant rainstorm for parts of the eastern Iron Range Thursday and today with some areas receiving almost 9 inches.

Rivers couldn't hold all the rain and some spilled over their banks, and some roads were covered with water early today.

Minnesota Highway 1 near Ely was partially washed out, the National Weather Service in Duluth reported. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Department reported water over Hill and Taylor Roads in Pike Township.

A narrow band stretching from Mountain Iron to Gunflint Lake received at least three inches of rain from Thursday morning to this morning. More than 7 inches was widely reported in areas around Lake Vermilion. Tower reported 8.7 inches by 8 a.m. today, Babbitt 8 inches and Embarrass 6.23 inches.

Almost all of Northland received more than a half-inch.

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Duluth received less than a half-inch of rain during the storm and still sits more than a quarter-inch short of rain for September, more than 6 inches short for the summer and more than a foot short since June 1, 2006.

The rain is expected to spur authorities to ease or even drop fire restrictions in coming days, but fire bans still remained in place in St. Louis, Lake and Cook Counties as of this morning.

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