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MnDOT advises caution for motorists in southern Minnesota

WILLMAR - The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to drive with caution in southwestern Minnesota due to forecasted heavy rains today.Motorists are warned that roads may be closed or restricted without warning as flash floodi...

WILLMAR – The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to drive with caution in southwestern Minnesota due to forecasted heavy rains today.
Motorists are warned that roads may be closed or restricted without warning as flash flooding is difficult to predict, MnDOT said in a news release. Watch for cones and barrels on the roadways as they indicate potential hazards.

Motorists who must travel are urged to check www.511mn.org before traveling for information on road conditions, closures and detour routes.

Expect the unexpected. Flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere. Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground, if you can do so safely, MnDOT says.

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.

Travel is illegal when a road is closed. 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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