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As many of you may be aware, the National Weather service has placed Rice County in Flood Watch from today until Thursday evening.
Some residents have already had some flooding issues on their personal properties. The county has also had some ditch flooding throughout the county. This is mainly due to culverts being blocked or frozen in the ditches. We currently don’t have any reports of flooding on our county roads but many of our township roads are in poor winter driving conditions due to the melting, refreezing and precipitation. If you can avoid traveling on gravel roadways, we would recommend this. We currently do not have any county or state roads closed. Some townships may choose to close some of their roads but that would be their call.
Weather forecasts are calling on additional precipitation in the next two days and we would ask that you travel cautiously. Do not drive through a flooded road with standing water or water running over it as you could endanger yourself and the responders called on to assist you. The road may have washed away or you could be washed away from flood waters.
Sheriff Troy Dunn 507-334-4391
Jennifer Hauer-Schmitz, Emergency Management Director 507-332-6119
County Administrator Sara Folsted 507-332-6121