Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

June 19, 2014

Orange barrels on a highway

2nd MnDOT update on flooded state highways in south central MN

 

Mankato, Minn. – (11:45 a.m.) The Mankato office of the Minnesota Department of Transportation continues to advise no unnecessary travel in areas of recent flooding in south central Minnesota.

Highways  CLOSED include:

  • Hwy 19 west of Gaylord (low spot about one mile from town)
  • Hwy  19 Henderson to Hwy 169 – long term river closure
  • Hwy 93 Henderson to Hwy 169 – long term river closure

Highways with RESTRICTIONS or water over roadway include:

  • Hwy 22 north of Gaylord – restricted with water on roadway
  • Hwy 112 west of LeCenter – restricted with water on the roadway

Highways with prior RESTRICTIONS REMOVED – NOW OPEN

  • Hwy 4 between Sleepy Eye and Fairfax – open around 11 a.m.
  • Hwy 169 SB between St. Peter and LeSueur both lanes opened around 11 a.m.

NOTE:  Highway 169 both direction’s closed in Metro area from Belle Plaine to Shakopee

Statewide flood closures can be found at  http://www.dot.state.mn.us/flood/

Past openings

  • Hwy 13 near Kilkenny
  • Hwy 14 west of Springfield
  • Hwy 19 west of Henderson
  • Hwy 83 north of St. Clair – watch for workers

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.

Crews are out clearing mudslides and installing traffic control.  Road conditions are changing quickly.  Officials warn that roads may be closed or restricted without warning as flash flooding and mud slides are difficult to predict. 

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.

For additional updates, ‘like’ MnDOT at www.facebook.com/mndot, follow @mndotscentral on Twitter.

 

###

Pay Attention Slow Down in Workzones