MnDOT advises caution for travelers in southwest Minnesota
Mankato, Minn. – (4 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises travelers to drive with caution in southwestern Minnesota due to damage from recent flooding.
Officials warn that roads may be closed or restricted without warning as flash flooding is difficult to predict. They also advise motorists to watch for cones and barrels on the roadways as they indicate potential hazards where damage occurred during the recent flooding.
Current areas of concern that MnDOT will be monitoring include:
- I-90 - east of Luverne at the Rock River and at Beaver Creek
- Hwy 75 – five locations north of Luverne to the Rock County Line
- Hwy 23 – two locations south of and at Jasper
- Hwy 91 – three locations north of Adrian (between Lismore and Trosky)
Additional problem areas may arise with heavy rains and motorists should not expect a detour as local roads will likely have similar flooding problems.
Every flood is dangerous. If you must travel, follow these safe driving practices:
- Check www.511mn.org before traveling for information on road conditions, closures and detour routes.
- Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
- Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.
- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground, if you can do so safely.
Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.
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