Spring Rain, Snowmelt May Cause Localized Flooding, Road Closures

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Spring rain, melting snow and culverts and catch basins plugged with ice can cause water to back up onto highways. The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to be watchful for flooded areas as water can rise quickly.

In many areas, ditches are filled with snow and the roadway shoulders have high banks of snow. MnDOT crews have already been working to push back snowbanks and clear catch basins and will continue working with law enforcement to monitor conditions. If flooding occurs, lanes or other sections of highway may need to be closed with barricades and other traffic control devices.

MnDOT wants to remind all motorists that driving through standing or moving water is dangerous and that it is unlawful to drive through areas where roads are barricaded. Vehicles can be swept away in only several inches of moving water.

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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