Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 14, 2019

Some localized flooding continues in south central Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. — (4 p.m.) No highways are closed in south central Minnesota but a few of the highway segments may remain impacted by water over the roadways into the night. MnDOT encourages motorists to continue to expect the unexpected as any road is a candidate for flooding in these conditions and as temperatures drop some roadways may get icy with snow or refreeze.

The highway segments that will like be impacted overnight include I-90 eastbound just west of Adrian (water on passing lanes) and Highway 75 north and south of Luverne (water halfway into driving lanes). These highway segments are in Rock and Nobles County, which are also currently experiencing snow and strong winds.
Most other areas of recent concern have been in the greater Mankato area and those water hazards are still being tended to by MnDOT crews in hopes of eliminating the problem.

MnDOT has been working all day to keep roadways open by clearing a drainage path for the water.  While several highway segments have been cleared of water, several other areas have seen water rise up to the roadway.

Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution wherever they see crews working.

Working with law enforcement, MnDOT will continue to monitor conditions. If flooding occurs, lanes or other sections of highway may need to be closed with barricades and other traffic control devices. 

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

MnDOT cautions motorists:

  • Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.
  • 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. If travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will also apply.

To find more information from MnDOT about flooding, go to its website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/flood/.

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