Sundance, WY - Continuing rain has created unsafe conditions for public travel on some Black Hills National Forest roads. East of Sundance, Wyoming and southeast of Cook Lake, Forest Service road 831.1 is closed from junction 833.1 to junction 841.1. Severe flooding and erosion have occurred across a culvert on the road due to the heavy rainfall.
The area will be monitored and opened when the culvert has been repaired and the road surface dries enough to promote safe passage to the public.
Forest officials ask that the public not drive around barricaded or gated roads. Driving on wet or muddy roads causes erosion, reduces water quality, and makes roads hazardous for the next user. Roads and vehicles can be seriously damaged in these conditions, officials said.
“Forest Service crews are out monitoring and assessing roads for damage and they will continue to do so,” said Kara Dunlap, Bearlodge Ranger District Timber Staff Officer. Not all hazards may be marked, so please use caution and do not rely on signs to give advanced warning for problems. Conditions can change suddenly.
Visitors should be prepared for various challenges by packing chain saws, axes or handsaws, and shovels, and emergency communications and supplies in case washed out roads or falling trees or mud slides leave them stranded.
If you would like any information about specific road closures or conditions contact your local Forest Service Offices in Sundance, Spearfish, Rapid City, Custer, and Newcastle.