High water forces road closures in St. Louis County

Authorities warn people against trying to drive through flowing water.

St. Louis County road 860
Several roadways have been washed out in St. Louis County, including County Road 860 in Independence Township.
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High water has led to several road closures in St. Louis County. Public Works has temporarily closed the following roads until waters recede and damage can be assessed and repaired, as necessary:

  • County Road 860, also known as McAurther Road, is closed between CR 734/Shipley Road and CR 725/Birch Road in New Independence Township.
  • County State Aid Highway 49, also known as Three Lakes Road, is closed between CSAH 15/Munger Shaw Road and CSAH 4/Vermilion Trail in Unorganized Township 53-16.
  • CR 353, also known as Brimson Toimi Road, is closed between Highway 16 and Little Creek Road in Fairbanks Township.
  • County Road 165, also known as Swan Lake Road, has restricted access east of CR 170/McGonagle Road in Ness Township. There is water on the road, but residents will be able to use the road to get to their homes.
  • A portion of County Road 447, also known as Tamminen Road, has been closed due to a culvert failure. The road is closed between State Highway 37 and the entrance to Cherry School. The road is expected to be closed approximately one week until a new culvert can be delivered and repairs made. Anyone traveling to the school can access it from the north on Tamminen Road, using Highway 25 and Iron Junction Road as a detour route.

    Public Works crews continue to monitor conditions throughout the county's 3,000 miles of roads. Anyone who sees a flooded road or unsafe conditions is encouraged to report the situation by calling 911.

This story was updated at 6:07 p.m. May 13 with additional information about damage to Tamminen Road.  It was originally posted at 3:07 p.m. the same day.

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