If you have plans of spending the Memorial Weekend at Merritt Reservoir you may need to find an alternate route. Due to the recent rain and snow melt, a section of Highway 97 has been closed between Brownlee Road (36 miles north of Mullen) and Cedar Bay (36 miles south of Valentine).

Do not attempt to cross the road as dangers may not be visible. To stay up-to-date on the latest road information, download the Nebraska 511 app or go online to www.511.nebraska.gov.