Some roads in region remain closed because of flooding; others re-open
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.
With additional rains forecasted, MnDOT said roads may be closed or restricted without warning because flash flooding is difficult to predict.
In the latest update from MnDOT, state highways “with restrictions” or water over roadways includes the eastbound lanes of Highway 212 at McLeod County Road 1, where one lane is currently open; Highway 15 just south of Highway 212 and Highway 212 at Boone Road, near Plato.
MnDOT said a number of roads that had prior restrictions are now open to traffic, but again, caution is urged.
Those roadways include Highway 68 in Morgan, 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 1st Avenue in Brownton and Highway 212 west of Glencoe.
According to MnDOT, 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 pick-ups.
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.
Statewide road closures can be found at www.dot.state.mn.us/flood/
Check www.511mn.org before traveling for information on road conditions.