Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 22, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

More SE Minnesota hwys closed due to river flooding

ROCHESTER, Minn. (3:15 p.m.) – Highway 105 south of Austin is closed as the Cedar River has left its banks and flooded the roadway about five miles north of the Iowa border, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The highway closure in Mower County is the latest closure as rivers in the region rise following significant rainfall across southeaster Minnesota Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Motorists can use local roads to detour around the closure. The closure is between 160th Street and 120th Street on Hwy 105..

Meanwhile, Hwy 58, on the north end of Zumbrota, remains closed because of Zumbro River flooding. Traffic is being detoured until the floodwaters recede to a safe level. The detour for southbound motorists traveling from Goodhue and Red Wing is:

Goodhue County Road 6 north to 420th Street west to Stone Quarry Road south to Goodhue County Road 7 south where it intersects with Highway 52. An alternate detour is to use Goodhue County Road 9 further north and then utilize Highway 52.

Two other highways that were closed earlier have reopened:

  • Hwy 60 west of Kenyon
  • Hwy 65 (Main Street) in Albert Lea – single lane traffic.

Motorists should be alert to road conditions and not try to drive through standing water on the roadways unless directed to do so by MnDOT or safety personnel.

Follow MnDOT on Twitter in southeastern Minnesota at www.twitter.com/mndotsoutheast for updates. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.

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