With over 12 inches of rain in just three days in the Mabel area, Ricford Creek became a raging river early Sunday morning and swept away three unoccupied campers, which broke apart when they hit the Riceford bridge. Here is the debris of one of the campers. (Photo courtesy of Laura Hosting)
With over 12 inches of rain in just three days in the Mabel area, Ricford Creek became a raging river early Sunday morning and swept away three unoccupied campers, which broke apart when they hit the Riceford bridge. Here is the debris of one of the campers. (Photo courtesy of Laura Hosting)
Houston County Commissioners have declared Houston County under a "state of emergency" as of 3 p.m. Sunday.

Travel throughout Houston County is extremely limited due to recent heavy rains. Roadways are washed out or either under water, according to Emergency Management of Houston County

The public is advised that travel is not recommended on county highways and some township roads. One vehicle was reported swept off the roadway on County 15, which resulted in the rescue of one person.

Preliminary damage assessments are estimated at $2 million and climbing as the Houston County Sheriff's Department and Houston County Highway Department continue to conduct damage surveys and report closings.

Fillmore County was also hit with extensive rain, but most roads are open now. The exception is Minnesota Highway 43 as the bridge in Choice is closed.

Houston County Emergency Management is reminding people not to drive through water across roadways as this can be a dangerous situation.

Below is an updated list as of 3 p.m. of known road closures. This is a partial list only as not all roadways have been checked as of 5 p.m.

Roads closed:

County 4 - Faller hill by Rooster Valley Road

County 5 - North of New Albin.

County 10 - Schecks Mill area

County 12 - Tom Falls to County 11

County 15 - to Fillmore County line

County 25 - State 16 to County 21

County 27 - total washout at 16776, west of Bangs, will be closed for a while

County 31 - County 5 to County 2

Cut Across Road

Freeberg Ridge Road - fire or ambulance will have to go out Jefferson Ridge Road

Hamilton Road in Brownsville

Mound Prairie Drive

Swede Bottom Road

Marina Road in Brownsville

Rooster Valley near County 4



Roads damaged but passable:

County 21 - 3 inches of water on it but passable

County 22 - John Fishells down to 16 - passable but ditches

County 249 - Trees down but passable

State 76 - by County 4, concern about volume going under bridge

Parkside by Gorgens, concrete undercut, not sure what township is doing with it