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Update: MnDOT updates list of flooded roads that are now open

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Update: MnDOT updates list of flooded roads that are now open
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR _-- State Highway 212 at Boone Road, near Plato, is scheduled to open to traffic by 5 p.m. today.

Currently, westbound lanes on Highway 212 are open to traffic and eastbound lanes are open to a single lane of traffic.  Minnesota Department of Transportation crews are flagging motorists through the area.   

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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 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, Highway 212 west of Glencoe and the eastbound lanes of Highway 212  at McLeod County Road 1.

With additional rain in the forecast this weekend, MnDOT said roads may be closed or restricted without warning because flash flooding is difficult to predict.

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.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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