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Crews out repairing road wash-outs in northeastern Minnesota

Western Wisconsin also affected by heavy weekend rains

June 18, 2018 - 4:58 am
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CARLTON, Minn. (AP) - Flash flooding caused by heavy weekend rain that continued into Monday morning has washed out several roads in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

   Law enforcement reports that Minnesota Highway 23 washed out at the Nemidji River bridge in Carlton County of Minnesota, about 14 miles southwest of Duluth.

   "I heard from some of the residents in the area that there was over ten inches of rain in this isolated area," said MinDOT's Scott Culver told WCCO television. "There isn't too many things that can handle that kind of rain in a short period of time."

   There were more washouts and flooded roads in the Barnum, Mahtowa, Wrenshall and Holyoke areas, and crews are out trying to make repairs.

   Here are before-and-after shots of the Nemadji River taken by staffers from the National Weather Service in Duluth:

    "Motorists should take their time if they're driving up there," said MinDOT's Kevin Gutknecht. "If they see crews working, if they see roads barricaded off, they should stay off those roads and give the crews wide berths to work."

   In Wisconsin, the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office reports that U.S. Highway 2 washed out about 10 miles west of Ashland.

   Parts of Wisconsin Highway 35 were closed in Douglas County. And U.S. Highway 63 was shut down by flooding in the Drummond area, where the National Weather Service says more than 11 inches of rain fell overnight.