MADISON -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation on Friday advised no unnecessary travel on U.S. Highway 75, two miles south of Madison, due to flooding.
MnDOT warned motorists to slow down, and said crews will be assessing the water level.
No closure of Highway 75 was anticipated, but flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning, said MnDOT. Motorists are advised to check road conditions in advance of travel at the state's traveler information Web site www.511mn.org, or call 5-1-1 for road conditions, closures and alternate routes.
MnDOT said flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere. Flooding can knock out bridges, undercut highways and clog roads with mudslides and debris. Drivers are warned not to drive around barricades and not to drive into flooded areas. If floodwater rises around the vehicle, abandon the vehicle and move to higher ground if possible.
Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pickups.