Add to the externalities of climate change and drain tile the cost of road closures. Check out this morning’s map of road closures and flood warnings from the Department of Transportation:
If you’re trying to get from Mitchell to Sioux Falls for work or meetings or class today, I-90 and the two closest major alternative routes all have water closures through which you should not drive unless you are a walleye. If you’re commuting from Brandon (and if you’re in Brandon, that’s most of you), the only way out of town is I-90. If you’re trying to get from Madison to Brookings, both main routes look wet, but who knows what you’ll find on the Norwegian Boulevard.
Of course, a lot of folks may not have to bother with the commute since they have to stay home to mind the kids thanks to the unexpected September school closings.
So take a couple hours or a whole day off work and a shopping trip or two cancelled, multiply by thousands of people, and you’ve got one more drag on your local economy, brought to you in part by human activity about which your Republican leaders refuse to take responsible action.
Related Fiscal Note: Raising two miles of U.S. Highway 81 another two feet to get above the burgeoning Sinai lakes is costing us $4 million.