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MnDOT advises motorists to watch for flooded areas

First Street in downtown Pequot Lakes was covered by water on Thursday, March 14. Denton Newman Jr. / Echo Journal

The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to expect water on roads throughout central Minnesota as a combination of historic snowfall, heavy rain and ice plugging storm drains or culverts causes water to back up onto highways.

Motorists must watch for flooded areas, as water can rise onto the road quickly, MnDOT reported Thursday, March 14.

In many areas, ditches are filled with snow and water, and the roadway shoulders have high banks of snow. MnDOT crews have already been working to clear drains, push back snow banks and will continue working with law enforcement to monitor conditions.

Water is currently covering or partially covering driving lanes in the following central Minnesota locations:

• Highway 27 east of Hillman in Morrison County.

• Highway 47 south of Malmo in Aitkin County.

• Highway 47 north of Glen in Aitkin County.

• Highway 6 between Deerwood and Crosby in Crow Wing County.

• Ramp from Stearns County Road 75 to eastbound I-94.

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

For information and updates on state highways in Central Minnesota, follow @MnDOTcentral on Twitter.

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.