Rain, snow melt causes U.P. flooding
Flooding has been reported in multiple locations across the Upper Peninsula causing road closures and travel delays.
Michigan State Police at the Negaunee Post warn motorists the 20-mile stretch of M-28 between Bruce Crossing and Bergland was closed Monday afternoon due to the flooding. The road will remain closed until further notice.
County roads in Ontonagon County have been reduced to single lane in some places.
The Michigan Emergency Management Agency in Marquette advises motorists to drive with extreme caution along M-26 between Eagle River and Copper Harbor, as well as along Gay-Lac La Belle Road. Standing water is being reported on both roads in locations where flooding has never been reported previously.
Sturgeon Road in Houghton County has also been closed to traffic.
“We’re asking people to stay off the Sturgeon River Road unless you have a real reason to be on that road,” said Jack Dueweke, emergency coordinator for Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Dueweke also warns motorists to drive with caution on Gay Lake Linden Road in Keweenaw County.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Marenisco Township in Gogebic County. The Gogebic County Emergency Manager reported structural concern with the Presque Isle River Dam Monday. While the problem appears to be fixed there is still concern the dam could fail and flood waters could inundate M-64 and U.S. 2, especially with significant runoff from melting snow.
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ounty Road 478 closed by washout
ISHPEMING – The Marquette County Road Commission has closed County Road 478, Greenwood Reservoir Road, approximately 4.3 miles east of County Road 601, to traffic until further notice.
The road has washed out and will remain closed until the water recedes and the affected culverts are replaced. For more information, call the road commission at 906-486-4491.