WATERTOWN/MAYER – Effective today, Thursday, March 12, Highway 123 between Watertown and Mayer will be closed due to flooding. During the road closure, drivers won’t be able to travel north of Highway 7 on Highway 123. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, such as Highway 25 or Highway 21.
Flood travel tips:
- Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
- Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
- When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. If travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will also apply.