Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Sept. 23, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Portions of two SE Minnesota hwys remain closed due to flooding

ROCHESTER, Minn. (12:15 p.m.) – Portions of two state highways in southeastern Minnesota continue to be closed at this hour because of flooding from heavy rainfall earlier this week, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Highway 105 from 120th Street (near Lyle) to 160th Street (2 miles south of the Austin area) is closed because of flooding from the Cedar River. A local detour is in place.

Highway 65 (Main Street) in Albert Lea is closed at Katherine Street with a local detour in place.

Another highway reopened overnight.

Highway 58 at Zumbrota reopened overnight after floodwaters from the Zumbro River receded.

Rivers and other waterways in the region remain at high levels and 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