A man and woman were rescued after their vehicle got stranded in flood waters about 9 miles southwest of Madison, in western Minnesota.
They called 911 shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday to report they drove around a road-closed barricade and attempted to drive through flowing water on the road but the current was so strong it pushed their vehicle into a field and that water was rising fast inside their vehicle. Two Lac qui Parle sheriff’s deputies used cold water rescue suits and rapid deployment craft to get the couple to safety.
The violation for going around closed roads is a misdemeanor in Minnesota, with a fine up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. The sheriff’s office did not indicate if the driver was cited.
An estimated 150 to 200 miles of rural roads are under water and closed across Lac Qui Parle County.