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Road to Searchmont closed due to flooding (updated)

Saturday, April 12, 2014   by: Staff

10:15 a.m. update

A number of loyal readers have informed us that the Searchmont Highway (Hwy 556) is open to one lane allowing access to Searchmont Resort which is open today.

An update posted this morning to the MTO website states that the Highway is open to local traffic only due to flooding near Rainbow Creek Bridge.

MTO advises that travellers take the following detour to access Searchmont Resort: Hwy 129 to Ranger Lake Rd. to Hwy 532.

Original advisory - 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 11
Sault Ste Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police advise of the following Road Advisory:

Location:  Hwy 556 closed between Hwy 552 and Hwy 532

Brief Description of Event:  Hwy closed due to flooding at Rainbow Creek Bridge.

Detour (if available):  Access to Searchmont via Hwy 129 to Ranger Lake Rd to Hwy 532

Estimated duration of Road Advisory: Unknown

O.P.P. Media Contact:  The O.P.P. will distribute details and updates of the road advisory as information becomes available.

Please do not call O.P.P. Provincial Communication Centres for road advisory updates or road condition information.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at or call 511 for Traveller's Information such as Winter Road Conditions, Construction Reports, Road Closures, Traffic Reports, Traffic Cameras and Interactive Mapping.

Photo via Searchmont Community Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page.
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right wing 4/11/2014 5:34:40 PM Report gotta hate the three hour detour.

clyde705 4/11/2014 9:17:07 PM Report

with the price of gas, its cheaper to get a room in town...
s.m.k. 4/11/2014 9:31:04 PM Report

Worst part is for anyone stuck out here, our general store/gas station closed once again... If you don't have gas for the three hour ride your stuck. Good thing the beer fridge is already stocked.
pope29 4/11/2014 9:33:11 PM Report

In my days back on the farm I sometimes observed headless chickens running around. Bewildering!
Rockin 4/12/2014 4:52:11 AM Report

Perfect reason to take THE TRAIN! in the picture you can don your rubbers and have someone pick ya up on the other side...better yet get a flood bus service each spring for the Goulagins/Scratchmontites!
RET 4/12/2014 8:59:10 AM Report

this was just posted at 8:45 am

Searchmont Resort



Road will be OPEN to 1 Lane in 20 mins!

WE WILL BE OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


frnlak 4/12/2014 12:45:16 PM Report

Pope 29
Headless chickens might have been a joke in the old days but this is now. The way they grow geneticaly modified chickens for fast food outlets these days ie: KFC, it is not uncommon to grow chickens with no heads. I looked at a website awhile ago that showed this. KFC chickens, or something like that. Disgusting.
Sam C 4/12/2014 1:36:11 PM Report

Rock in... The rail line can be affected by flooding and washouts, too... And there are NO detours for the train.

FYI... Government Rd between Bar River Dr and the bridge was under water yesterday... Could be closed for a while, as the entire adjacent field was underwater, too.
zardoz 4/12/2014 2:00:46 PM Report

Yeah, run out to Searchmount and get trapped on the other side of the washout, the M.T.O probably doesnt need the extra traffic

Stay home

Thats it.
MonsterLincolin 4/12/2014 4:39:45 PM Report Funny how that was posted not long before this flood alert !!
atoz 4/13/2014 7:00:56 AM Report

To the person who mentioned goulais needing rubber boots, u dont know what your talking about, i have lived near the start of pineshore rd and i have never had, any flooding issues here. At all, dry as a bone
Maybe u dont get out of the sault much, shut
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