Severe flooding northwest of Mattawa has forced the closure of Highway 533 between Highway 656 and Highway 63.

Mattawa OPP and the Ministry of Transportation have set up barricades at both ends of the road closure.

Officials say the water is very deep in some areas and police are asking motorists to respect the barricades and not drive on the closed highway.

OPP say driving on a closed highway can result in a fine and three demerit points.

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