Recent flooding has taken a toll on our area's roadways. Many county roads around all over the region remain closed this weekend. Highway 50 in eastern South Dakota has been re-opened at the Iowa border. The highway had been closed for nearly a week due to flooding.
The State Departments of Public Safety in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa are reminding motorists not to drive through water over roadways and not to drive around barricades blocking off rural roadways.
The Department of Transportation says that while some roads may look passable, the roadbed in many areas has been damaged or weakened, making them unsafe for travel.
In Rock County, Minnesota alone, 37 bridges and 131 culverts collapsed in the flooding. Preliminary estimates show the damage totaling $3.7 million dollars. The county administrator says it will likely be months before every roadway is repaired and re-opened.