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News Release
Sept. 27, 2010




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Rochester District 6
2900 48th Street
Rochester, MN 55901


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UPDATE: (9AM)Two Highways reopen: Highway 19 (Northfield) and Highway 20 (Cannon Falls)
Flooding continues to create difficult driving conditions in southeastern Minnesota


ROCHESTER, Minn. – (9:20 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution in southeastern Minnesota due to flooding.  Several highways have water over the road and some are closed at this time. Many highways are also opening up as flood waters subside.

Most Recent Open Highways:


These Highways Reopened During the Weekend:


 Closed Highways:   

Detour: East on Goodhue County Road 11 (Pine Island), north on
Wabasha County Road 1, west on Highway 60 and then back to Highway 52. 

Detour: Use local roads

Detour: Highway 61 to Highway 42 to Highway 247 and then back to Highway 63.

Detour: Use Front Street

Detour: Use local roads

Flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning. Motorists are advised to check road conditions in advance of travel.

MnDOT crews are working around the clock to make highways safe, control flooding and repair roads when waters recess.

Every flood is dangerous to motorists. If you must travel follow these safe driving practices (source: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Many roadways are very muddy and when wet, the surfaces become very slippery.  In addition, many roadways are narrow due to flooding impacts and many are missing shoulders.