Flooding Washing Out Rural Gravel Roads, Closes Highway 11 Bridge

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This week in the Splitrock Township area, homeowners have been dealing with flooded basements and iced over culverts. On Thursday, those worries spilled over to area roads. Splitrock Creek’s flooding continues to cause problems for township crews and drivers. 

“It got rid of a lot of snow,” Matt Staab, Splitrock Township supervisor, said. 

Even though the rain and floodwater are carrying away pieces large chunks of ice, it’s bringing a whole new set of problems. 

“This road we’re standing on now is a through road, and right now it isn’t,” Matt Staab, Splitrock Township Supervisor, said.

For the third time in two years, Staab says flood waters are covering Spook Road. The floods are also eroding gravel roads in the area. Elsewhere, the Department of Transportation closed a bridge on Highway 11. 

“We knew it was going to get bad, but it’s worse than, I think, anybody ever expected,” Staab said. 

Staab says crews are bringing in gravel to try to fix washed out roads to help area homeowners.

“Normally, it wouldn’t be a problem, but you know, if a fire happens or if someone has a medical emergency we’ve got to be able to get to them,” Staab said. 

In the meantime, Staab says drivers need to be careful. 

“Cannot state strongly enough. Stay off a gravel road if you can. If you don’t live on it, don’t travel on it. They’re dangerous,” Staab said. 

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