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Rain, snow closes unpaved roads in North Dakota's oil patch

Officials say roads in McKenzie County will be re-evaluated at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Williams County officials say the roads in their county will remain closed until conditions improve.

The Associated Press

4/29/2014

WILLISTON, N.D. — Unpaved roads in two North Dakota oil-producing counties have been closed to heavy vehicles due to recent rain and snow.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1mUn4gV ) that McKenzie and Williams counties have closed all gravel roads to vehicles weighing more than 12,000 pounds. Gravel roads crisscross the state's oil patch and are essential to the oil industry in the area.

Officials say roads in McKenzie County will be re-evaluated at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Williams County officials say the roads in their county will remain closed until conditions improve.

The McKenzie County Sheriff's Department warns that willful damage to public roads is a Class B misdemeanor. The Sheriff's Department's Facebook page advises drivers of heavy vehicles who were on unpaved roads before the restrictions went into effect Monday to stay onsite.

Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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