Localized flooding, road closures in south central Minnesota
MANKATO, Minn. — (10 a.m.) Several highways in south central Minnesota are experiencing water over the roadways and a few of those roads are closed. The Minnesota Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to be watchful for flooded areas as water can rise quickly.
Culverts plugged with ice, ditches full of snow and plugged catch basin are the primary causes of the flooding. In most case, MnDOT is able to keep roadways open while crews work to clear a drainage path for the water. Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution wherever they see crews working.
Working with law enforcement, MnDOT will continue to monitor conditions. If flooding occurs, lanes or other sections of highway may need to be closed with barricades and other traffic control devices. Over 20 locations were impacted last night alone in south central Minnesota, and several more problem areas have surfaced today.
MnDOT wants to remind all motorists that driving through standing or moving water is dangerous and that it is unlawful to drive through areas where roads are barricaded. Vehicles can be swept away in only several inches of moving water.