Update: Tuesday storms cause flooding around county


Tuesday morning's flash flooding has caused a road closure in Arlington.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, state Highway 30 is closed at First and Elkhorn streets in Arlington. A detour is placed at County Road 9 or 15 to U.S. Highway 91.

In an interview with the Enterprise, Dave Kruger, Washington County Highway Supt.,  said there are several areas around Arlington that experienced heavy flooding.

While the storm waters have receded since Tuesday morning, Kruger said with another afternoon storm forecasted, he anticipates more heavy rainfall.

"Everyone on the news last night kind of indicated that we were going to get a line of storms in the morning, and right around 6 this morning, [there was] a line that took the width of the county... coming from the west going east and anywhere from 50-70 mile-an-hour winds," he said. "There was a lot of telephone poles that laid over, not completely broke off."

In Herman, water began to rise following a second storm Tuesday afternoon, causing flooding on U.S. Highway 75 and near the Anbe Events venue.

Kruger said a lot of areas had between 5-8 inches of rain across the county.

"The waterways got full of cornstalks and debris and everything's kind of backed up," he said. "Arlington was flooded across Highway 30, and as the water kept draining from the fields,  it just kind of backed up and got across Highway 30.

"A lot of the Arlington bottom roads like County Road 11 and leading up to anywhere around Bell Creek had water over it, still over it or has receded over it, but there's still a lot of water on a lot of roads."

East of Arlington, Kruger said tributary waters came over several bridges and culverts in fields.

"There was a lot of spots where water came over the roads initially during the 5 inches, 8 inches of rain," he said. "Now, they've kind of receded."

Kruger said the Elkhorn River, which sits to the west of Arlington, looked "high" this morning, though it hasn't caused concern for flooding yet.

"It could all depend upon what this kind of storm round brings," he said. "If it brings another couple 3-4 inches, everything could be out all over the place."

Kruger advised the public to remain vigilant and not drive through flood waters.