Most roads in Houston County are open for local traffic only, but some roads remain closed, Houston County Emergency Management said in a statement today that also gives advice on flood assistance, refuse disposal and contaminated wells.
"Difficult driving conditions exist and extreme care is needed when traveling on any local road," the agency said in a statement. "If conditions change, local roads may need to be re-closed."
When road clean up crews are present, the site is considered to be a construction zone and all traffic must slow down, proceed with caution and yield to public safety vehicles, the statement says.
CSAH 18 - 2 lanes are open from Brownsville to Hokah CSAH 25 - 2 lanes open from La Crescent to CSAH 21 CSAH 20 - 2 lanes of traffic open from Highway 44 north of Caledonia to 3/4 miles south of Highway 44 by the Jehovah Witness Church. There is no through traffic, as there is a bridge out near the south end of this road. CSAH 22 - Currently closed at 1 1/2 miles south of State Highway 16. The crew is on location making repairs, and if there are no unforeseen problems, this road will be open later today from Highway 76 to State Highway 16. CSAH 13 - Closed from Houston to the top of Oak Ridge Hill CSAH 26 - Closed from Money Creek to Rushford CSAH 26 - Closed from Campbell Valley east to Winona County lines - bridge out CSAH 9 - Closed from CSAH 21 to Winona County line - 700 to 800 feet of road is gone CSAH 9 - From CSAH #21 to Houston open to local traffic only until further notice. This road is in very poor condition and is one lane in some spots. CSAH 21 - Plan to open this road at noon for local traffic only from State Highway 16 to CSAH 9 with 2 lanes of traffic. This road has very hazardous conditions.
The county has established a center for Houston County flood victims and for those willing to assist flood victims.
The center is in the Caledonia City Hall Council Chambers at 231 East Main St., and will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. To get or give help, stop in or call 507-725-2799.
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Mobile Service office will be at the Hokah City Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday to offer disaster assistance to disabled veterans.
Recycling drop-off sites in Houston, Hokah and La Crescent will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through this Saturday to receive flood-damaged household items. Refuse containers will also be placed at the ballfield in Brownsville today. Household debris must be sorted by material type.
Call the Houston County Environmental Services Office at 507 725-5800 for questions.
Owners of private wells should assume the well is contaminated if the well casing was submerged or if flood water came within 50 feet of the well. Water from the well should not be used for drinking or cooking until the well and distribution system have been flushed out, disinfected, and tested for contamination.
For instructions on disinfecting and testing wells or dealing with any other contamination concerns, contact the Houston County Public Health Nursing at 507 725-5810.