CHIPPEWA COUNTY FLOOD UPDATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 29

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LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol closed U.S. Highway 212 south of Montevideo, between Chippewa County Road 16 and Yellow Medicine County Road 7 due to flooding. Traffic will be routed on Yellow Medicine County Road 7/Chippewa County Road 20 (also known as the Wegdahl Corner), Chippewa County Road 15, and Chippewa County Road 16. This segment of U.S. Highway 212 will remain closed until further notice.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office has announced four road closures: MN 40 at Lac qui Parle lake, County Road 15 west of Waterman’s Bridge, County Road 13 west of Churchill Dam, and County Road 14 going into Madison.

The City of Watson is asking residents to restrict water usage through Friday due to flooding. They are having to use their emergency storage tank for sewer water.

The sewer is now off in Smith Addition and on Forest Avenue. Porta-potties are available in both areas.

LATEST READINGS

The Minnesota River at Montevideo was measured at 21.16 feet at 7am Friday. It will continue to rise today before an estimated 21.7 foot crest late tonight. It will hold around 21.7 feet until Sunday afternoon.

HISTORIC CRESTS

(1) 23.90 ft on 04/06/1997
(2) 22.15 ft on 04/14/2001
(3) 21.68 ft on 04/12/1969

INTERVIEW WITH CHIPPEWA COUNTY SHERIFF DEREK OLSON