Recent rain forces Rice Street closure

May 29, 2019 12:54 PM

The recent rain is forcing crews to close a stretch of street at the Shoreview-Vadnais Heights border Wednesday.

At 10 a.m., Ramsey County crews closed Rice Street between Vadnais Boulevard and Gramsie Road in both directions.


Ramsey County Public Works said the road in its current state is dangerous because the ground underneath the asphalt is heavily saturated and not capable of handling heavy traffic. Officials say floodwaters are covering the road and that the water level is expected to rise in the coming days.

In the meantime, drivers have to take a five-mile detour around the lake.

"With the road closed here, it's a tremendous inconvenience," said Kay Sorgatz, who lives right next to the road closure. "What used to take two miles now takes five because you have to go pretty much east and north to go west, so it's really having to plot your way."

Public Works said there is no timeline for when this stretch will reopen. It will take about two weeks for the watershed to crest, as long as the weather stays warm and dry.

The same stretch of road was closed during flooding earlier this spring.

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