MANKATO, Minn. – (8:30 a.m.) The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to use caution in south central Minnesota due to flooding. Several highways have water over the road and some are closed at this time.
The following roads are currently restricted:
- Hwy 83 north of Waldorf – closed in both directions
- Hwy 30 west of Mapleton – closed in both directions
- Hwy 30 east of Mapleton by County Road 14 – single lane traffic
- Hwy 13 south of Waseca – single lane traffic
- Hwy 66 south of Mankato – water over road, use caution
Flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning. Motorists are advised to check road conditions in advance of travel.
Mn/DOT crews are working around the clock to make highways safe, control flooding and repair roads when waters recess.
Every flood is dangerous to motorists. If you must travel follow these safe driving practices (source: Federal Emergency Management Agency http://www.fema.gov/hazard/flood/fl_during.shtm):
- Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
- Flooding can knock out bridges, undercut highways and clog roads with mudslides and debris.
- Mn/DOT will identify which roads are closed and warn motorists of potential pavement break up or soft shoulders that could give way.
- Drivers are warned not to drive around barricades and to check the state's traveler information Web site www.511mn.org or call 5-1-1 for road conditions, closures and alternate routes.
- Do not drive into flooded areas.
- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
- 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. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply. For updated information, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org when traveling in any area of the state where potential flooding conditions exist. For weather and flood warnings, go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Web site http://www.noaawatch.gov/floods.php or listen to NOAA weather radio or local radio stations.