60 mph winds damage roads in Lake Region

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor
Highway 57 was closed due to high winds and debris on the road.

Winds gusting to nearly 60 mph wreaked havoc on roads and transportation Tuesday in the Lake Region.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation closed Highway 57 south of Devils Lake until further notice.

Snowplows were brought out on the final day of May to help clear tree trunks and large rocks that had washed up on the highway.

The plows and other heavy equipment ran ahead of pilot cars leading traffic slowly along the highway.

The winds also interrupted Amtrak service in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby.

Two bridges near Churchs Ferry are being threatened along the Amtrak route, forcing it to detour on the Surrey Cutoff through New Rockford.

Tuesday’s high winds further complicated the situation. Alternate transportation is being provided to the three affected cities.

Side-dump trucks were busy hauling loads of clay through the roads and crashing waves.

The road to Grahams Island State Park was also closed because of the wind and rain.