I advised him to stop at the RCMP station in Swift Current, but he was able to get some good advice from the gas station attendants in Swift Current, who seemed to be functioning as Emergency Measures guardian angels - phoning ahead to Maple Creek (where the closure began) for road information, giving travel advisories to motorists, helping people stock up on supplies, and advising them to turn around and come back if conditions deteriorated on the detour routes that they were advising them to take.
The Spousal Unit then set off on secondary roads, part of a little convoy that must have seemed somewhat reminiscent of the Donner party, only with SUVs replacing wagons and the bald-ass prairie standing in for the Sierra Nevada mountains.
A few hours after he passed through Maple Creek, that town flooded. We then heard that the Trans-Canada Highway had been closed down on the Alberta side, from Medicine Hat to the Saskatchewan border. With the highway covered by five feet of water, the town of Irvine, just outside of Medicine Hat, was evacuated.
Somebody sure dodged a bullet on that commute.