Update: Roads Reopening in St. Louis County (With Photos)

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Bob Gross

BIRD’S EYE VIEW – An aerial photograph shows the result of rapid snowmelt, which has washed sediment from Fish Creek into the outlet of Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior.


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April 30, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The flooding in St. Louis County is showing signs of letting up, however high water levels continue to cause problems along the Wisconsin/Michigan border.

According to the Gogebic County Sheriff's Department, flood control efforts continue across the region with large volume pumps in place in Wakefield to help lower the water levels.

Due to these efforts, State Highway 28 will close around 2pm on Thursday. Through traffic will be diverted to Highway 64 and U-S Highway 45.

Wednesday morning, Hurley and Ironwood along the Wisconsin and Michigan border closed the Silver Street Bridge. The Poplar Street Bridge was closed Tuesday night. Crews in Ironwood also closed Norrie Park Road on Tuesday due to the rising water levels.

In St. Louis County, crews were able to reopen some of their roads as the waters start to recede.

The following roads are still closed in St. Louis County due to flooding:
- Arnold Road in Rice Lake Township
- Munger Shaw Road in Grand Lake Township
- Fox Farm Road in Alden Township
- Leander Road in Morcom Township
- South Townline Road near Hibbing
- County State Aid Highway 81 near Hibbing
- East Goodell Road on the South Angora Township line

The Chisholm Road, County State Aid Highway 24 and Tarkman Road have all reopened to traffic.

The following St. Louis County roads have water on them, but crews say they are still passable:
- Three Lakes Road near the Munger Shaw Road
- West Pine Drive in Arrowhead Township
- Hermantown Road in Solway Township
- Rose Road in Solway Township
- Comstock Lake Road about 10 miles east of Cotton, MN
- McNiven Road near Great Scott Township
- Osborn Road just south of the Britt area
- Salo Road and Mesaba Road to the east of Embarrass
- East Olson Road in Field Township
- Pioneer Road in Normana Township
- Hicken Road in Rice Lake Township
- Kroll Road in Grand Lake Township
- Harnell Road in Grand Lake Township
- Canosia Road in Grand Lake Township
- Caribou Lake Road in Grand Lake Township
- Ugstad Road in Canosia Township
- Castle Road in Canosia Township
- Sassas Road in Canosia Township
- Susan Lake Road in Beatty Township

Additionally, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reminds people to use caution around – and to keep children away from – areas of flowing water. Unseen culverts can pose a danger or drowning hazard.

Authorities ask that anyone who encounters a dangerous road condition is asked to call 9-1-1.

If you have pictures of any of the flooding across the Northland, you can send them to producer@kbjr.com.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns