Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 19, 2019

Westbound Highway 65 closed in Albert Lea because of water on the road

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Westbound Highway 65 in Albert Lea is closed from Garfield Avenue to South Broadway because of water on the road, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Eastbound traffic remains open at this hour.

Highway 65, also known as Main Street, in Albert Lea could remain flooded for days. The city of Albert Lea continues to monitor. It’s likely that conditions could worsen at Fountain Lake and eastbound traffic could be closed at some point. Motorists should follow the detour.

MnDOT cautions motorists to be alert for the potential of road flooding in the region as the heavy snow pack continues to melt. Other highways could be closed at times if water poses a safety hazard to motorists. Areas that have water on the road or are closed because of flooding are marked on MnDOT’s road conditions map 511mn.org.

MnDOT cautions motorists:

  • 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.

To find more information from MnDOT about flooding, go to its website at dot.state.mn.us/flood/.

Learn more about MnDOT construction projects and activities in southeastern Minnesota by joining its Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/MnDOTsoutheast/.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit 511mn.org.