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Rexburg deals with flooding

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:40:53 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 16 2014 12:11:38 PM CDT

A thunderstorm dumps over an inch of rain on Rexburg Tuesday causing water to rush down the BYU-Idaho campus and flooding student apartments.

REXBURG, Idaho -

To see Wednesday's update on BYU-Idaho's cleaning efforts, click here.

A slow moving thunderstorm hit the Rexburg area with flash flooding Tuesday afternoon. 

The  thunderstorm developed west of town around 4:30 pm, moving slowly over the area. 

A storm dumped rain and quarter-sized hail on Rexburg, causing flash flooding and property damage.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office said it has not gotten any reports of injuries or deaths.

Rexburg Police Chief Shane Turman said Main Street was completely flooded, with some parts of town under as much as 6 feet of standing water.

City officials said the drinking water is still safe to drink.

Dozens of homes, business, and buildings on the BYU-Idaho campus have been flooded.

The city has set up a shelter at the BYU-Idaho Center for anyone who needs a place to stay. It will have beds, bedding and food.

The city is working with the county, and Federal Emergency Management Agency to pump the water out as fast as possible but it could take all night, Turman said.

Rocky Mountain Power is shutting of power to parts of Rexburg as a safety measure, mainly in the Mill Hollow area.

People are urge to stay out of the standing water because it could be contaminated.

BYU-Idaho has also announced tonight, that classes are scheduled as normal for Wednesday, except in the Smith Building.

Faculty and staff have been asked to be understanding of students and employees who may be dealing with the effects of this flooding.

We will update this story as more information becomes available. See viewer-submitted photos of the flooding here.

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