I-90 completely open, significant flooding continues in central, eastern parts of SD

March 16, 2019

PIERRE — Officials say Interstate 90 is now completely open, with the last stretch from Wall to Chamberlain opened at 10 a.m. CDT, both east and westbound lanes.

At the same time, DOT crews continue to clean up blizzard-impacted state and local highways located through the central and northeastern parts of the state. Heavy drifting and stalled vehicles have hampered efforts. Officials say that work will continue through Friday.

Significant flooding continues in the south central, southeastern and eastern parts of the state. Drivers are asked to turn around and not drive through floodwaters as the roadway may be washed away underneath.

Even as travel advisories are lifted, motorists are cautioned to remember winter driving conditions still exist across the state and if you must travel to slow down, keep the cruise off and give plow drivers and emergency responders room to work.

Drivers are reminded to check www.safetravelusa.com/sd or call 5-1-1 before travelling to view road conditions, No Travel Advisories, flooded roadways and roads marked as impassable.

If you are travelling today, the departments of Transportation and Public Safety recommend motorists also take the following steps.

Wear your seatbelt

Travel during the day

Drive with your headlights on (not daytime running lights) so you can be seen by other motorists from the front and rear

Don’t use cruise control on icy or snow-covered roads

Use highly traveled roads and highways

Keep family and friends informed of your travel schedule and route

Call 5-1-1 or visit safetravelusa.com for road conditions

Keep a winter weather survival kit in your car. The kit should include blankets, warm clothing, water, energy bars, a flashlight, a distress flag, a shovel and matches

Travel with a charged cell phone, but don’t rely on it to get you out of a bad situation

§ Change travel plans as weather conditions warrant

If you do get stranded:

§ Stay in your vehicle

Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes an hour to stay warm

When the engine is running, open a window slightly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Periodically clearing snow from the exhaust pipe will also help prevent carbon monoxide buildup

When it’s dark outside, turn on the interior light so rescuers can see you

Put up a distress flag, or spread a large colored cloth on the ground

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