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Road Commission reports storm damage

The parking area and the entrance to the Apple Blossom Trail in Caspian were flooded following the heavy storm on July 8. The excess water flowed over the grassy area and into the Iron River.
IRON RIVER — The Iron County Road Commission reported several areas of road damage in the southwest and southcentral portions of Iron County after a severe storm passed through on July 8.
Superintendent Doug Tomasoski said road damages included:
• West portion of Idlewild Road (between U.S.2 and Pine Landing Drive) closed to through traffic indefinitely. Approximately 1/3 of road width washed out, 7-10 feet deep. Culvert unable to handle flow, road overtopped and washed out on outflow side of road.
• Smokey Lake Road (between Homan Lake and Forest Highway 16 South) closed to through traffic indefinitely. Multiple moderate to severe shoulder and road-edge washouts along this approximately 4.75-mile stretch. No permanent residents and alternate route available.
• West Brule Lake Road - multiple moderate to severe shoulder and road-edge washouts. Open to traffic.
• Soderena Road - multiple minor to severe shoulder and road-edge washouts. Open to traffic.
• Krans/Andreski Plat/Mid Summer/W. Chicaugon - a number of minor to severe shoulder and road-edge washouts. Open to traffic
• Nelson/Chicaugon Mine/Lambert/Wagner/Wickstrom area roads – multiple minor to severe shoulder/edge washouts. Open to traffic.
• Multiple other locations with minor to moderate washouts. Trees down county-wide but no real concentration in any one area.
Tomasoski also reported unofficial rain quantities obtained
via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) rain gauges at employees/family member locations:
    • 5.25 inches recorded at Road Commission office (in Iron River)
• 6.47 inches in Lind District (just northeast of Crystal Falls)
• 3.0 inches near Stanley Lake (southwest of Iron River)
• 1.5 inches west of Amasa