Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 14, 2019

High water forces temporary closures of portions of SE Minnesota highways

ROCHESTER, Minn. — (10:30 a.m.) – Portions of three state highways in southeast Minnesota are closed at this hour because of flooding, while other highways in the region are reported with water on the roadway, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of roadway flooding as rain continues in the region and the heavy snow pack melts. Other highways could be closed at times if water poses a safety hazard to motorists.

Highways closed at this hour:

  • Hwy 16 south of Lanesboro
  • Hwy 60 at Highway 61 in Wabasha
  • Hwy 74 between Beaver and Weaver

Water is reported on the roadway at Interstate 90 east of Austin, Hwy 74 south of I-90 and Hwy 52 north of Cannon Falls.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.
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/.
MnDOT will announce the reopening of highways via Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast. Learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota by joining its Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.