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News Release
March 20, 2011




Minnesota Department of Transportation
2505 Transportation Road
Willmar, MN 56201


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FLOODING UPDATE: Hwy 14 between Tyler and Florence in Southwestern Minnesota closed due to flooding

WILLMAR, Minn. – (10:45 p.m.) Highway 14 between Tyler and Florence in Southwestern Minnesota is closed due to flooding caused by the spring melt.


Motorists to use an alternate route. Highway 14 between Tyler and Florence will be closed until the high water recedes.Flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning.


Motorists are advised to check road conditions at in advance of travel.


Every flood is dangerous to motorists. If you must travel in southwestern Minnesota, follow these safe driving practices recommend by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:


Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.


Flooding can knock out bridges, undercut highways and clog roads with mudslides and debris. 


Mn/DOT will identify which roads are closed and warn motorists of potential pavement break up or soft shoulders that could give way. 

Drivers are warned not to drive around barricades and to check the state's traveler information website,, or call 5-1-1 for road conditions, closures and alternate routes.


Do not drive into flooded areas.

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 updated information, call 511 or click on when traveling in any area of the state where potential flooding conditions exist. For weather and flood warnings, go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website or listen to NOAA weather radio or local radio stations.