ST. CLOUD -- A heavy downpour in the St. Cloud metro area caused flooding in the streets and many backyards Thursday. The rain started around 11:00 a.m. and finally let up by around 2:00 p.m.

The Sartell Police Department says that as of 2:00 p.m. they still have many neighborhoods with flooded roadways. The public works department has put up barricades in those areas and we are asking people not to drive around them, even if they believe they can make it through the high water.

Photo courtesy of Sartell Police

Some vehicles still remain in the flooded roadways and will be removed when it is safe to do so.

The force of the rain was popping some manhole covers off in the community, so they don't advise walking in the flooded roadway sections either in case that has occurred.

According to the weather station located at the Sartell police station, they have received 4.44 inches of rain since it began.

Pinecone Rd from 2nd St S to 7th St N is closed due to the road being flooded. Please find an alternate route until the water goes down.

St. Cloud Police say that there was a report of some flooding under the 9th Avenue railroad bridge when it was raining the hardest, but that has since gone down the drain.

In Sauk Rapids City Administrator Ross Olson says he has not heard of any flooding issues in their city.