Published April 08 2011
Oakport announces road closures, asks Broadway residents to plug drainsOAKPORT TOWNSHIP, Minn. - Clay County officials made several flood-related announcements today.
Oakport Township Chairmain Jeff Schaumann reports:
- Wall Street is closed to traffic until further notice. Broadway and Oakport Street are closed to through traffic. Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said all roads have been closed to anyone but residents. Various rural roads in the area have also begun to go under water, so residents are urged to avoid any roads that are submerged.
- Broadway homeowners who live between Wall Street and 70th Avenue are being encouraged to plug their lower-level drains, as the lift station at Wall Street and Broadway is experiencing some difficulties.
- Due to the rising Red River, a dike will be built over 50th Avenue North today, which will affect Crystal Creek access. Officials also will be improving the dike to allow residents to cross the dike at 50th Avenue. Once the water on Oakport Street reaches an unsafe depth, all access will have to revert to Highway 75. A CodeRED message will be sent notifying the neighborhood prior to a permanent closure of 50th Avenue.
- Residents who still need sandbag volunteers should call Chris McCarthy at (701) 371-2047.
- The Minnesota National Guard is monitoring dikes. Residents who notice any unusual rise in water within the protected areas should call Schaumann at (218) 238-9714 or Greg Anderson at (218) 238-6548.
- Residents who are not signed up for the CodeRED system, which releases important safety information, can do so by calling (218) 299-5151.
Elsewhere in the county, Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says County Road 26 north of Oakport has been closed because water is flowing over it. Highway 32 north of Hitterdahl has also been closed because of eroding shoulders.