MADISON, Minn — Sheriff's deputies have rescued two people stranded in flood water in western Minnesota.
Lac Qui Parle County sheriff's officials say the man and woman drove around a road barricade near Madison Thursday afternoon and attempted to drive through flood water. A strong current pushed them into a field where water was rising quickly inside the vehicle.
Deputies responded and found a man standing on top of the SUV's roof and a woman still inside. Forum News Service reports Sgts. Brian Benck and Cole Weick donned cold water rescue suits and used an inflatable raft and rapid water deployment tactics to rescue the stranded motorists.
State law says disregarding a barricade can cost a driver up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail. Sheriff's officials did not say whether a misdemeanor was issued in this case.
KFGO reports authorities say an estimated 150 to 200 miles of rural roads are flooded across Lac Qui Parle County.