BRAINERD, Minn.- (9:15 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no unnecessary travel on Highway 25 south of Watertown due to flooding.
Warning signs are in place warning motorists to slow down through the flooded area.
No closure of Highway 25 is anticipated at this time; however, flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning. Motorists are advised to check road conditions in advance of travel.
Every flood is dangerous to motorists. If you must travel on Highway 25 in Central Minnesota, follow these safe driving practices (source: Federal Emergency Management Agency http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/fl_during.shtm):
- Expect the unexpected - flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
- Flooding can knock out bridges, undercut highways and clog roads with mudslides and debris.
- MnDOT will identify which roads are closed and warn motorists of potential pavement break up or soft shoulders that could give way.
- Drivers are warned not to drive around barricades and to check the state's traveler information Web site www.511mn.org or call 5-1-1 for road conditions, closures and alternate routes.
- Do not drive into flooded areas.
- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
- 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.
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