August 3, 2021


Many Highways Closed


Flandreau, SD

Many state highways, county roads and city streets are closed because of flooding due to heavy rains during the past few days.  The city of Madison received over five inches of rain yesterday and in the Mitchell area, the city saw about four and half inches.

According to the South Dakota Department of Transportation at 8:00am CDT,  US Highway 81 from Madison to the intersection of US Highway 81 and State Highway 34 is closed.  State Highway 19 southeast of Madison is closed and State Highway 13 west of Egan is blocked off because of flooding.

The Madison area was not the only hard hit region with road closures and no travel advisories in effect near Mitchell.  Interstate 90 from Mitchell to Plankinton is closed because of two sections of the interstate flooded near Mount Vernon.  US Highway 81 remains closed this morning about three miles south of the interstate for water over the highway.

On State Highway 42 about one and half miles east of US Highway 81, the highway is closed and back to the north State Highway 38 is closed east and west of Salem.

Motorists in Chamberlain and Sioux Falls who are trying to travel through the area find themselves making long detours.  As of 8:00am CDT, State Highway 44 was opened between Interstate 29 to Platte but two sections of the road were reported to have water over them.

Photo Credit:  Flandreau Police Department
Information:  South Dakota Department of Transportation and National Weather Service