Anglers And Motorists Urged To Avoid Swollen Streams And Flooded Roadways

By KBJR News 1

May 1, 2013 Updated May 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM CDT

North Shore, MN (NNCNOW.com)
This is the time of year that Northland rocks weep with water from melting snow.
A poet may call them tears of joy over the arrival of spring.
Others are a little more leery as impromptu waterfalls like these feed rushing rivers.
Garth Velin of Superior knows to keep a safe distance.

"I would never jump in there!"

But sometimes, anglers out after stream trout do get a little too close and risk being swept away.

"If you were to fall in, you would be hypothermic within fifteen minutes easily." said Coast Guard BM1 Jonah Farkas.

Another problem caused by rushing and rising water is flooding of roadways.
In Minnesota right now, actual flooding is localized rather than widespread.

"Today, we have a little bit of flooding on Highway One and a couple of other areas but it is very minor." said Beth Petrowske of MN-DOT.

Some of those other areas include Aitkin and Scanlon in Minnesota.
All of Northwestern Wisconsin faces a flood advisory until at least Thursday.
And, motorists are encountering wet road ways from Ironwood to Bessemer in Michigan.
MN-DOT offers flood avoidance advice to all Northlanders.

"We strongly suggest that they don't drive through any standing water because it is very difficult to tell how deep that water is and it only takes six inches to float a car away." said Petrowske.

Beth Petrowske of the Minnesota Department of Transportation urges people who see flooding to call their local authorities immediately.
She says most causes of localized flooding are easily corrected.

"A lot of times, flooding is just caused by a culvert that's plugged and sometimes we can get that all cleaned up quickly.

Of course, not every aspect of springtime melt water is gloom and doom.
The past week's melt off is already putting a green tinge back on things.
On the North Shore, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

MN–DOT wants to remind people to never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.
Spokesperson Beth Petrowske tells us we'd be surprised by the number of people who ignore the signs and end up either stuck or drifting away.