Highway 502 now re-open

Highway 502 between Fort Frances and Dryden re-opened to traffic around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Fort Frances OPP reported.
The highway was closed Wednesday due to a culvert washing out about 40 km south of Dryden in the wake of Tuesday’s storm that dumped heavy rain and snow across the region.
But Highway 619 remained closed as of last report Thursday morning due to a washout about 600 metres south of Highway 621.
The public is asked not to contact the OPP about road conditions.
The U.S. National Weather Service said Thursday that the storm dumped 4.7 cm (1.87 inches) of rain on Borderland between Tuesday and Wednesday.
There were reports of higher rainfall in the west end of the district while a swath between Kenora and Sioux Lookout was buried under up to 40 cm of snow in places.
The Town of Fort Frances reported no real problems as a result of the rainfall, Milt Strachan, acting Superintendent of Works (Operations), said Thursday morning.
“The odd catch basin storm sewer plugged up, but that’s not unusual. It’s something we have to take care of on a regular basis,” he remarked.
“I think things went well overall,” Strachan added. “Because of past flooding, we’re more aware of what to do in case of heavy rainfall.
“But it [the rainfall] wasn’t as bad as we thought it might be,” he remarked.