By Ivan Raconteur
CARVER, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN The South Fork of the Crow River at Highway 7 near Mayer reached a level of 16.52 feet Friday morning, an increase of 0.32 feet in 15 hours. Flood stage at that point is 11 feet.
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The National Weather Service forecast predicted a crest of 16.5 feet at Mayer on or near Friday, March 19. This prediction falls in the major flood stage, according to the county.
It was reported, however, that the water level had started to drop at Carver County Road 30 at the west county line in Camden Township Friday morning.
The number of roads closed due to flooding in Carver County continued to increase last week, reaching a total of 15, according to an update released by the county Friday.
In the City of Watertown, Mill Avenue is closed at the 400 block, and County Road 27/Lewis Avenue is closed between Maple Street Northwest and the city limits.
In Camden Township:
• County Road 30 is closed between County Road 33 and the west county line.
• Yancy Avenue is closed between 78th Street and County Road 30.
• 82nd Street is closed between County Road 32 and Union Avenue.
• 62nd Street is closed west of County Road 33.
• Vega Avenue is closed at 86th Street and at 94th Street.
• County Road 32 is closed between County Road 135 and the river bridge.
• Yale Avenue is closed between County Road 30 and 78th Street.
In Watertown Township, County Road 123 is closed between Highway 7 and County Road 122.
In San Francisco Township, Jonathan Carver Parkway (Old County Road 45) is closed at Scott County Road 9 near Jordan.
In the City of Carver, the County Road 40 bridge between Broadway Street and Jorgenson Street is closed.
Water over Highway 25 south of Watertown created hazardous driving conditions, prompting the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to advise no unnecessary travel on the road due to flooding.
Warning signs were put in place warning motorists to slow down through the flooded area.
No closure of Highway 25 was anticipated. However, MnDOT noted that flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning.
Motorists are advised to check road conditions in advance of travel.
In McLeod County, the following county roads were closed:
• County Road 68/70th Street three quarters of a mile west of County Road 1.
• County Road 71/Lace Avenue south of State Highway 22.
• County Road 32/Division Street one half mile west of Brownton.
• County Road 23/85th Street from County Road 9 to the east county line.
Township road closures included:
• 180th Street west of Vale Avenue (Lynn Township).
• 160th Street from State Highway 22 to County Road 25 (Hassan Valley Township).
• 1st Avenue South of Brownton shop (Sumter Township).
• 160th Street west of County Road 15 (Rich Valley Township).
• 137th Street west of Kale Avenue (Rich Valley Township).
• Ridge Road west of Plum Avenue (Sumter Township).
• 140th Street east of State Highway 22 (Hassan Valley Township).
• 150th Street east of State Highway 22 (Hassan Valley Township).
• 75th Street from County Road 13 to Nature Avenue (Sumter Township).
A statement released by MnDOT said every flood is dangerous. The agency advised motorists to follow these safe driving practices taken from the 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 mud slides 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 pickups.