Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 22, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Hwy 65 (Main Street) closed in Albert Lea near Fountain Lake

ROCHESTER, Minn. (4:15 p.m.) – Highway 65 in Albert Lea is closed and detoured near Fountain Lake because of flooding from recent rainfall, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The closure is at Katherine Street and the detour is marked near downtown Albert Lea because of water on Hwy 65 (Main Street). The closure is expected to last several days.

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MnDOT offers these travels tips when there are flooding conditions:

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