The message from contractors and electricians who have worked around the clock since the summer storm came through Tuesday, July 5 is clear:
Hang in there. We’re here, and we’re working.
Roads remain impassable between St. Michael and Hanover, thanks to high voltage wires that took a dive after poles snapped in sustained winds measured by the National Weather Service at more than 80 m.p.h.
Here’s a quick look:
River Road from Hanover to St. Michael is closed. Power lines are down and crews are on scene.
Wright County Highway 19 is closed at 15th Street and just north of Beebe Lake Road (County 34). Take Highway 35 out of St. Michael and head around Beebe Lake back to County 34 and east to 19 to detour around the mess (see photo) if you are headed between either of those two communities. Note: Neighborhoods are still blocked off and many are still without power.
Rogers Sheriff Jeff Beahen reports County Road 203 (Crow Hassan Park Road) is closed between County 19 and Park Drive. Also, be careful around 116 where there is/was debris.
County Road 101 is closed in Hennepin County between County Road 30 and County Road 159 (Territorial Road) due to debris and power lines down.
Hennepin County 116 between County 117 (109th Avenue) and County 159 is also closed.
Authorities are urging “local tourists” to stay OUT of these areas while repairs are being done. Traffic that’s unnecessary is not only a distraction, it’s not safe for the workers or residents of the area trying to clean up. So please stay out of neighborhoods that have been severely hit by the July 5 storm.