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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — Flooded roads continue to pose a problem for highways in the region, especially in McLeod County.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution when traveling this weekend because there could be water on the roads and said motorists should watch for flaggers, cones and barrels on the roadways as they indicate potential hazards where damage occurred during the recent flooding.

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With additional rains forecast, MnDOT said roads may be closed or restricted without warning because flash flooding is difficult to predict.

In an update Friday afternoon MnDOT reported that the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 212 in McLeod County are open to traffic and eastbound lanes are open to a single lane of traffic. MnDOT crews are flagging motorists through the area.

Highway 15, just south of Highway 212, is open to traffic with “restrictions” because water is over the roadways and flood waters continue to rise in the area, according to MnDOT.

A number of roads that had prior restrictions are now open to traffic, but again, caution is urged.

Those roadways include state Highway 68 in Morgan, state Highway 67 between Granite Falls and Echo — where motorists are advised to watch for soft shoulders through the area, Highway 212 at Dairy Avenue in McLeod County, Highway 212 at First Avenue in Brownton, Highway 212 west of Glencoe and the eastbound lanes of Highway 212  at McLeod County Road 1.

According to MnDOT, 6 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.

When a road is closed, it is illegal to travel in that area.

Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

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