If you’re traveling in Minnesota or Wisconsin this weekend, you should be aware of flooded areas and ways to get around. A spokeswoman for the Minnesota DOT says truckers are reaching their destinations but should be patient about closures and detours that could still occur.
As of Friday, June 22, Interstate 35 in Minnesota was complete open, DOT spokeswoman Beth Petrowske said.
Flood waters had yet to crest in some areas, however.
“The truckers will be able to get to their destinations,” she told “Land Line Now” on Sirius XM. “We advise them to keep a close eye on our website for the latest information at 511mn.org, because there is a chance that additional roads may close. All in all, we’re going to be looking for better weather and a stabilized road system.”
Petrowske said Highways 61 was open with one detour at Knife River. Highway 33 was also open.
“We have a number of our major arteries open. Some have a single lane and some have detours in place, but people can get where they need to go up here,” she said.
In-state travelers can call 511 on their mobile phones for road condition reports. The out-of-state hotline for Minnesota road conditions is 800-542-0220.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has applied for federal disaster aid for the region.
In Wisconsin, Ashland County was still under a flood warning on Friday.
Travelers in Wisconsin can dial 511 from any mobile phone or access 511.wi.org for updated information. The out-of-state number for Wisconsin conditions is 866-511-9472.
Local TV and weather reports can also be helpful for navigating the affected areas of the region.