Authorities throughout the state have had to work several swift-water rescues and traffic accidents … all because of lots of rain.

The Department of Transportation is urging careful planning and attentiveness to road conditions during this deluge.  Spokeswoman Sally Oxenhandler says not too many roads are closed yet due to flooding, but that could change as more rain rolls in. And she says closures aren’t confined to one area, but are rather scattered throughout the state.

She recommends motorists check their route online before getting in the car by checking online at www.modot.org and checking with their local authorities for municipal and county road closures.

Oxenhandler says the roads are slick and drivers need to buckle up, slow down and never attempt to drive through standing water. Oxenhandler reminds motorists that when their windshield wipers are on, their lights must be on as well … it’s state law.