Unseasonably warm temperatures led to a rapid snow melt Thursday, creating treacherous conditions on area highways and roads.
In a press release, Dodge County Highway Commissioner Brian Field said the combination of frozen culverts, roadside ditches full of ice, a rapid snow melt and periodic rain caused some Dodge County highways to be closed and detoured.
Authorities urge travelers to exercise caution, reduce their speed and be alert. If drivers come across flooded roads, they should turn around and find a different route.
Field said flooded roadways are dangerous and should be avoided.
“Please do not drive around barricades and do not drive through water on roadways. It is impossible to know if the roadway and or cross culverts are failing or missing completely,” he warned.
Roads closed in the area as of 4 p.m. Thursday included:
- State Highway 28 from State Highway 175 to Interstate 41
- State Highway 68 from Fox Lake and Waupun
- County Highway AY from State Highway 49 to the North County Line
- County Highway V from County Highway Y to State Highway 49
- Gateway Drive in Waupun is closed due to localized flooding.
Residents are encouraged to report any flooded roadway that does not have warning signs or closures to the Highway Department at 920-386-3650 during the week or to the Sheriff’s Office at 920-386-4860 on weekends.
Detailed closure and detour information can be found at www.co.dodge.wi.gov.
According to the National Weather Service, the combination of recent rain and melting snow is causing some flooding conditions in southern Wisconsin, particularly on area creeks, streams and rivers, and low lying areas. Localized urban and lowland flooding is a concern.
Because the ground is still frozen, water won’t be able to sink into the soil. The threat for minor to moderate flooding is higher than a typical spring.
To protect homes from flooding, homeowners are advised to:
- Remove snow from storm drains and fire hydrants.
- Clear snow from around the home’s foundation.
- Clear snow and ice from gutters, downspouts and over entrances to the home.
- Check to make sure the home’s sump pump is working and the discharge line is clear and thawed.