- Dana Hanson
Minnesota Department of
1000 Hwy 10 West
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
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West central Minnesota flood-related road conditions
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. —(9:30 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol urge motorists to drive with caution as flooding continues to affect area highways and interstates in west central Minnesota.
MnDOT reminds motorists to drive with extra caution as snow and/or rain move through the region today and low temperatures continue through the weekend. Freezing temperatures are causing icy conditions and travel can be hazardous where water is affecting roadways.
The following state highways are closed until further notice:
- (New) Traffic is not allowed cross over into North Dakota via Minnesota Highway 55. The North Dakota Department of Transportation has closed Highway 11 between the state line and Fairmount due to flooding.
- Highway 75 is closed at Georgetown. Traffic is detoured to Clay County Road 26, Highway 9 and Highway 2.
- Highway 75 is closed near Kent. Traffic is detoured to Wilkin County Road 3 and Wilkin County Road 26.
- Highway 12 is closed approximately 2 miles east of Ortonville. Traffic is detoured to Highway 75, Highway 7 and Highway 59.
- Highway 12 is closed approximately 7 miles east of Ortonville at Horseshoe Lake. Traffic is detoured to Highway 75, Highway 7 and Highway 59.
Open – use caution
The following state highways in west central Minnesota are currently open but conditions can change rapidly. Motorists should use caution when approaching the following areas:
- Highway 225 north of Highway 34 at Guyles Road. Open to traffic, watch for water on the roadway.
- Highway 200 approximately 12 miles east of Mahnomen at Twin Lake Creek. Open to traffic, watch for water on the roadway.
- Highway 55 east of Wendell at the Mustinka River. Open to traffic, watch for water on the roadway.
- Highway 117 between the west state line and Highway 27. Open to traffic, watch for water on the roadway.
Open – water receded
The following state highways in west central Minnesota are open and flooding is no longer a threat to the roadway:
- Highway 28 one mile east of Barry. Open to traffic, water has receded.
Every flood is dangerous to motorists. If you must travel in the west central Minnesota area, 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 pick-ups.
- Log on to http://www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info/ for North Dakota current road conditions and http://www.safetravelusa.com/sd/ for South Dakota current road conditions.
For updated information, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org when traveling in any area of the state where potential flooding conditions exist. For weather and flood warnings, go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Web site http://www.noaawatch.gov/floods.php or listen to NOAA weather radio or local radio stations.