Weekend MnDOT update on flooded state highways in south central MN
Mankato, Minn. – (2:00 p.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 169 St. Peter to Le Sueur – outside northbound lane is closed due to a temporary sand dike
Highways with recently removed RESTRICTIONS – NOW OPEN
- Hwy 22 in Gaylord – city pumping water over highway
- Hwy 22 between Mankato and St. Peter
Highways being MONITORED WITH THE POTENTIAL TO CLOSE over the weekend
- Hwy 22 South at St. Peter near Minnesota River Bridge
- Hwy 93 from Highway 169 to LeSueur
- Hwy 99 East at St. Peter near Minnesota River Bridge
- Hwy 169 from Mankato to St. Peter
Statewide flood closures can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/flood/
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 monitoring roadways for additional mudslides other flood related problems. Road conditions can change 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.
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