The Minnesota Department of Transportation continues to combat flooded highways in south-central Minnesota Friday but have been able to reopen some that were closed late Thursday.
MnDOT’s Rebecca Arndt said Highway 13 south of Waseca has reopened. In addition, Highway 75 south of I-90 at Luverne has been cleared and is open to traffic.
Areas with water on the highway that remain at least partially open:
- Highway 83 near Eagle Lake.
- Highway 22 near Kasota.
- U.S. Highway 14 in a couple of areas near New Ulm.
- Highway 60 near Morristown.
- Highway 112 near Le Sueur and also near Le Center.
- Highway 99 about seven miles east of Le Center.
- Interstate 35 and Highway 3 near Faribault are also experiencing flooding.
MnDOT encourages motorists to continue to expect the unexpected and drive with caution. Anrdt said crews are trying to improve conditions by making a drainage path for the water, clearing frozen culverts and catch basins and even plowing off some of the water that has now turned to slush. Drivers are asked to slow down and use caution wherever they see crews working.
Working with law enforcement, she said MnDOT will continue to monitor conditions including area rivers as they begin to rise and if flooding occurs Arndt adds that lanes or other sections of highway may need to be closed with barricades and other traffic control devices.
Additional precautions from MnDOT include:
- 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.