Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 18, 2019

Local flooding continues to impact state highways in south central Minnesota

Highways 4, 30, 75 and 93 flooded

MANKATO, Minn. - MnDOT crews continued to deal with localized flooding over the weekend and advise that the potential for more still exists. The following roads continue to experience flooding:

  • Highway 4 north of St. James currently closed.
    Detour to Watonwan County Roads 3 and 32 and Highway 30.  Water has receded over the road, but is still hitting the bridge structure.  After the water has receded below bridge, it will need to be inspected before MnDOT can reopen.
  • Highway 30 east of Mapleton currently closed.
    Crews working to open to one lane with traffic signal.
  • Highway 75 north of I-90 (Luverne) to Trosky is currently open. 
    This section of highway has the potential to reclose due to frozen culverts and snow melt.
  • Highway 93 south of Henderson closed. 
    MnDOT does not anticipate this road reopening anytime soon as the Rush River has backed up and there is a lot of water over the roadway.

MnDOT will continue to monitor conditions including area bridges as the rivers begin to rise. 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 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 mndot.gov/flood/ and follow local highway updates via Twitter at twitter.com/mndotscentral.

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