Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 13, 2019

Flooding closes, detours Hwy 74 from Beaver to Weaver

WEAVER, Minn. — Highway 74 from Winona County Road 30 in Beaver to Highway 61 in Weaver is closed because of water on the roadway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Heavy rain from Thursday has caused waterways to rise and water is over Highway 74. MnDOT has blocked the road with barricades and a detour is marked. As the water recedes the road will be checked for damage and repaired. It may take until Monday to reopen.

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.

MnDOT will announce the reopening of Highway 74 via Twitter at twitter.com/mndotsoutheast. Learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota by joining its Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org.