Downpours create new high water woes

PLYMOUTH - Heavy rains Tuesday left local road crews scrambling to meet the need for high water signs around Marshall County that was under a flash flood warning effective until 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

“I saw water standing in places I’ve never seen it standing before,” said Plymouth Street Department Superintendent Jim Marquardt. “I don’t know how much rain we got but it was obviously a lot.”

“Where do we have water standing? Everywhere you can think of,” said County Highway Superintendent Neal Haeck. “We have water where it’s never been before.”

Torrential downpours of nearly 2.5 inches during the morning on Wednesday left crews racing to find enough high water signs to warn motorists as they made their morning commute.

“We were racing around to get high water signs to areas and in some places the water was gone by the time we got there,” he said. “Actually we want to caution people about really slowing down if they come to a puddle.

“Hydroplaning is more of a concern for me really than the high water. It doesn’t take much with people hitting that water at a high rate of speed to find themselves on the wrong side of the road. We’ve had a lot of people (Wednesday morning) that were running off the road this way and that in various places because of that.”

(For more on this story, check out the June 27 edition of The Pilot News.)