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Updated Road Closures: River flooding will restrict weekend travel

Parking isn't permitted, but floodwaters made it impossible in this part of Worthington. (Aaron Vasecka/Daily Globe)

2:35 p.m. Update

MANKATO - The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol will likely close a number of state highways in the Minnesota River valley over the weekend due to flooding.

Highways that remain closed from flash flooding:

- Highway 71 detours south of Windom - changed from Jackson Co Roads to Cottonwood County Road 26.

- Highway 30 at New Richland

- Highway 30 from Highway 15 to Amboy

- Highway 30 Amboy to Mapleton

- Highway 30 Mapleton to County Road 14

- Highway 83 north of Waldorf (opening late Friday afternoon)

Mn/DOT crews may be building a dike along Highway 169 north of St. Peter over the weekend reducing lanes. Motorists are advised to slow down and drive with caution.

Motorists should plan accordingly. 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.

If the Minnesota River levels rise as predicted, the following highways will likely be closing beginning as early as tonight:

- Highway 19 from Highway 169 to Henderson

- Highway 93 from Highway 169 to Henderson

- Alternate route - Highways 25, 5 and 19

- Highway 93 from Highway 169 to LeSueur

- Alternate route - Highway 112

- Highway 99 east of St. Peter

- Alternate route - LeSueur County Road 21and Highway 22

Other highways that have the potential to be restricted or closed at some point this weekend due to Minnesota River flooding:

- Highway 22 south of St. Peter

- Highway 169 from Mankato to LeSueur (various locations)

11:15 a.m. Friday

MANKATO - The Minnesota Department of Transportation has restricted roads in south and central Minnesota due to flooding.

The following roads remain restricted:

- Highway 71 detours south of Windom - changed from Jackson Co Roads to Cottonwood County Road 26.

- Highway 13 at New Richland - single lane traffic

- Highway 30 at New Richland - closed both directions

- Highway 30 from Highway 15 to Amboy - closed in both directions

- Highway 30 Amboy to Mapleton - closed in both directions

- Highway 30 Mapleton to County Road 14 - now closed in both directions

- Highway 83 north of Waldorf - closed in both directions

Now open/unrestricted

- Highway 71 Jackson to Windom (note - new construction detour)

- Highway 4 south of St. James (between Hwy 60 and Watonwan Co. Road 10)

- Highway 13 at south edge of Waseca

- Highway 66 at south edge of Mankato

5:15 p.m. Thursday

MANKATO - Flooding has caused road closures in southern and central Minnesota.

NEW road restrictions

- Highway 13 at New Richland - closed in both directions

The following roads remain restricted:

- Highway 4 south of St. James (between Hwy 60 and Watonwan Co. Road 10) closed

- Highway 30 at New Richland - closed both directions

- Highway 71 detours south of Windom - changed from Jackson Co Roads to Cottonwood County Road 26.

- Highway 30 from Highway 15 to Amboy - closed in both directions

- Highway 71 south of Windom - shoulders washed out, use caution

- Highway 83 north of Waldorf - closed in both directions

- Highway 30 west of Mapleton to Amboy- closed in both directions

- Highway 30 east of Mapleton by County Road 14 - single lane traffic

- Highway 13 south of Waseca - single lane traffic

- Highway 66 south of Mankato - water over road, use caution

Flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning. Motorists are advised to check road conditions in advance of travel.

For updated information, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org 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 Web site http://www.noaawatch.gov/floods.php or listen to NOAA weather radio or local radio stations.

2:30 p.m.

MANKATO - Roads continue to be closed or restricted across southwest Minnesota since floodwaters began to rise.

New road restrictions:

- Highway 4 south of St. James (between Hwy 60 and Watonwan Co. Road 10) closed

The following roads remain restricted:

- Highway 71 detour south of Windom (Jackson Co. Rds 17 and 30) - closed, use Cottonwood County Road 26

- Highway 71 south of Windom - shoulders washed out, use caution

- Highway 71 detours south of Windom - changed from Jackson Co Roads to Cottonwood County Road 26.

- Highway 30 at New Richland - closed both directions

- Highway 30 from Highway 15 to Amboy - closed in both directions

- Highway 83 north of Waldorf - closed in both directions

- Highway 30 west of Mapleton to Amboy- closed in both directions

- Highway 30 east of Mapleton by County Road 14 - single lane traffic

- Highway 13 south of Waseca - single lane traffic

- Highway 66 south of Mankato - water over road, use caution

2:12 p.m.

MANKATO - Road restrictions continue to be active in southern and central Minnesota due to flooding, the Minnesota Department of Transportation warned.

- Highway 71 detours south of Windom - changed from Jackson Co Roads to Cottonwood County Road 26.

- Highway 30 at New Richland - closed both directions

The following roads remain restricted:

- Highway 71 detour south of Windom (Jackson Co. Rds 17 and 30) - closed, use Cottonwood County Road 26

- Highway 71 south of Windom - shoulders washed out, use caution

- Highway 30 from Highway 15 to Amboy - closed in both directions

- Highway 83 north of Waldorf - closed in both directions

- Highway 30 west of Mapleton to Amboy- closed in both directions

- Highway 30 east of Mapleton by County Road 14 - single lane traffic

- Highway 13 south of Waseca - single lane traffic

- Highway 66 south of Mankato - water over road, use caution

Flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning. Motorists are advised to check road conditions in advance of travel.

Mn/DOT crews are working around the clock to make highways safe, control flooding and repair roads when waters recess.

Every flood is dangerous to motorists. If you must travel follow these safe driving practices (source: Federal Emergency Management Agency http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/fl_during.shtm):

- 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 Web site www.511mn.org or call 5-1-1 for road conditions, closures and alternate routes.

- Do not drive into flooded areas.

- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.

- 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. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

11:51 a.m.

MANKATO - Roads have been closed all over southern and central Minnesota due to flooding, the Minnesota Department of Transportation warned.

- Highway 30 from Highway 15 to Amboy - closed in both directions

- Highway 71 detour south of Windom (Jackson Co. Rds 17 and 30) - water over road, use caution

- Highway 71 south of Windom - shoulders washed out, use caution

The following roads remain restricted:

- Highway 83 north of Waldorf - closed in both directions

- Highway 30 west of Mapleton to Amboy- closed in both directions

- Highway 30 east of Mapleton by County Road 14 - single lane traffic

- Highway 13 south of Waseca - single lane traffic

- Highway 66 south of Mankato - water over road, use caution

Flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning. Motorists are advised to check road conditions in advance of travel.

Every flood is dangerous to motorists. If you must travel follow these safe driving practices (source: Federal Emergency Management Agency http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/fl_during.shtm):

- 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 Web site www.511mn.org or call 5-1-1 for road conditions, closures and alternate routes.

- Do not drive into flooded areas.

- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.

- 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. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

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