COURTLAND, MN

People who live on County Road 12 near Courtland haven't been able to use the road since April.

This is a common part of the road that gets flooded as there is a basin with no natural outlet on both sides of the road.

The only place for the water to go is up, by evaporating.

Given there are 18–plus inches of water over the road, it could take a while for all the water to evaporate.

"I'm cautiously optimistic that we may not see any major damage to County Road 12 because of the flooding for the fact that this basin and the water in the basin on both sides of the road has been very high for numerous years," explained Public Works Director Seth Greenwood.

With the problem cropping up again and again, officials are working to come up with a solution.

"The County board has approved a consulting contract," said Greenwood.  "We have a consultant on board that is going to be starting survey work either today or tomorrow for a future reconstruction of County Road 12 right through this area which will ultimately raise the roadway up."

Greenwood added that the project is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2020.

--KEYC News 12