Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 22, 2016

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MnDOT update on south central area flooded highways

MANKATO, Minn. – (10 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises travelers to drive with caution in the south central area due to flooding. Several roads remain closed and the situation continues to change. Highway 13 at New Richland has been added to the roads closed list.

Highways CLOSED include:

  • NEW: Highway 13 at New Richland
  • Highway 13 south of Waseca
  • Highway 14 east and westbound at Janesville  - temporary detours
  • Highway 14 east and westbound at Waseca – temporary detours
  • Highway 30 east of Mapleton between BE Co. 161 and 14
  • Highway 83 Waldorf to Pemberton
  • Highway 83 at St. Clair

Highways now clear:

  • Highway 71 at Sanborn – cleared around 9 a.m.
  • Highway 22 near Kasota has been cleared of debris
  • Highway 169 mudslide north of Mankato has been cleared

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.

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.

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

TRAVEL ADVISORY – No. 3:
Hwy 14 and others remain closed overnight due to flooding

Mankato, Minn. – (3 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises travelers that several flooded roads will remain closed overnight including Highway 14 in the Janesville and Waseca areas where water levels have risen since this morning.

Highway 14 traffic near Janesville is being detoured to Blue Earth County Road 60 (old Highway 14 through Janesville) and south on Blue Earth County Road 3 back to Highway 14.

Highway 14 traffic at Waseca is being detoured north on Highway 13 and west on Highway 60.

Highway 13 south of Waseca has the potential to open later tonight.

Highways CLOSED include:

  • Highway 13 south of Waseca (potential opening later today)
  • Highway 13 at New Richland
  • Highway 14 east and westbound at Janesville  - detoured
  • Highway 14 east and westbound at Waseca – detoured
  • Highway 30 east of Mapleton between BE Co. 161 and 14 (uncertain if it will open later today)
  • Highway 83 Waldorf to Pemberton

Highways now clear:

  • Highway 83 at St. Clair (this is a correction - only county roads were closed at St. Clair)
  • Highway 71 at Sanborn – cleared around 9 a.m.
  • Highway 22 near Kasota has been cleared of debris
  • Highway 169 mudslide north of Mankato has been cleared

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.

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.

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

TRAVEL ADVISORY – No. 5:
Update on south central highways impacted by flooding

Mankato, Minn. – (9 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation provided an update on the status of flooded highways in south central Minnesota.

Highway 14 traffic near Janesville remains detoured as water levels are still high.  The detour is Blue Earth County Road 60 (old Highway 14 through Janesville) and south on Blue Earth County Road 3 back to Highway 14.

Highway 14 by Waseca remains closed and detoured at this time, however, water has receded and the roadway is currently being inspected for damage.

Highway 83 between Waldorf and Pemberton opened around 8:30 a.m. today.

Highway 30 east of Mapleton will remain closed as the water level as risen.

Highway 13 and 30 in New Richland will also remain closed.  MnDOT is coordinating with Waseca County officials in New Richland.

Highways CLOSED include:

•       Highway 13 at New Richland
•       Highway 14 east and westbound at Janesville
•       Highway 14 east and westbound at Waseca
•       Highway 30 east of Mapleton between BE Co. 161 and 14
•       Highway 30 at New Richland (closed 6 p.m. Thursday)

Highways now clear:

•       Highway 13 south of Waseca (opened at 5 p.m. Thursday)
•       Highway 83 Waldorf to Pemberton (opened 8:30 a.m. Friday)
•       Highway 83 at St. Clair (this is a correction only county roads were closed at St. Clair)
•       Highway 71 at Sanborn – cleared around 9 a.m. Thursday
•       Highway 22 near Kasota has been cleared of debris Thursday
•       Highway 169 mudslide north of Mankato was cleared on Thursday

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.

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.

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

TRAVEL ADVISORY – No. 6:
Hwy 14 at Waseca is open

Mankato, Minn. – (11:15 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that east and westbound Highway 14 by Waseca has been re-opened after being closed by floodwater since early yesterday.

Highway 14 traffic near Janesville remains detoured as water levels are still high.  The detour is Blue Earth County Road 60 (old Highway 14 through Janesville) and south on Blue Earth County Road 3 back to Highway 14.

Highways CLOSED include:

•       Highway 13 at New Richland
•       Highway 14 east and westbound at Janesville
•       Highway 30 east of Mapleton between BE Co. 161 and 14
•       Highway 30 at New Richland (closed 6 p.m. Thursday)

Highways now clear:

•       Highway 14 east and westbound at Waseca (opened at 11 a.m. Friday)
•       Highway 13 south of Waseca (opened at 5 p.m. Thursday)
•       Highway 83 Waldorf to Pemberton (opened Friday at 8:30 a.m.)
•       Highway 83 at St. Clair (this is a correction only county roads were closed at St. Clair)
•       Highway 71 at Sanborn – cleared around 9 a.m. Thursday
•       Highway 22 near Kasota has been cleared of debris - Thursday
•       Highway 169 mudslide north of Mankato has been cleared - Thursday

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.

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.

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

TRAVEL ADVISORY – No. 7:
Hwy 83 south of Mankato closing at LeSueur River Bridge

Mankato, Minn. – (3:30 p.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced that Highway 83 south of Mankato is closing at the LeSueur River crossing.  Highway 83 traffic will be routed to Highway 22 and Blue Earth County Road 90.

The Highway 83 LeSueur River Bridge, located just south of Blue Earth County Road 28, is closing due to unprecedented water levels and concerns of erosion around the structure.

MnDOT crews will be out over the weekend monitoring flooded areas and bridges.  Bridge crews have been busy working on log jams.

Highway 30 in New Richland opened earlier this afternoon and Highway 13 at New Richland should be open by 5 p.m.

Water levels at Highway 30 east of Mapleton do not appear to be receding at this time.

Whiles crews have noted some receding of water at Highway 14 near Janesville, the highway remains under water.  The detour is Blue Earth County Road 60 (old Highway 14 through Janesville) and south on Blue Earth County Road 3 back to Highway 14.

Highways CLOSED include:

•       NEW: Highway 83 Mankato to Blue Earth County Road 90 (bridge closure)
•       Highway 14 east and westbound at Janesville
•       Highway 30 east of Mapleton between BE Co. 161 and 14

Highways now clear:

•       NEW: Highway 13 at New Richland (open by 5 p.m. Friday)
•       NEW: Highway 30 at New Richland (open between 1-2 p.m. Friday)
•       Highway 14 east and westbound at Waseca (opened at 11 a.m. Friday)
•       Highway 13 south of Waseca (opened at 5 p.m. Thursday)
•       Highway 83 Waldorf to Pemberton (opened early Friday)
•       Highway 83 at St. Clair (this is a correction only county roads were closed at St. Clair)
•       Highway 71 at Sanborn – cleared around 9 a.m.
•       Highway 22 near Kasota has been cleared of debris
•       Highway 169 mudslide north of Mankato has been cleared

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.

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.

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

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