ST. PAUL — (4:35 p.m.) Flooded roads continue to pose a problem for highways in southwest Minnesota. A list of state highways affected by water on the roadway in southwest Minnesota include:
Highway CLOSED due to flooding include:
Eastbound lanes of Highway 212 at McLeod County Road 1
Highway with RESTRICTIONS or water over roadways include:
- Highway 68 in Morgan
- Highway 67 between Granite Falls and Echo
- Highway 212 at Boone Road, near Plato
Highway with PRIOR RESTRICTIONS REMOVED:
Open to traffic, proceed with caution
- Highway 212 at Dairy Avenue in McLeod County
- Highway 212 at 1st Avenue in Brownton
- Highway 212 west of Glencoe
MnDOT wants to remind drives to use caution when traveling on area roads since there could be water on the roads. With additional rains forecasted roads may be closed or restricted without warning as flash flooding is difficult to predict. MnDOT also advises motorists to watch for flaggers, cones and barrels on the roadways as they indicate potential hazards where damage occurred during the recent flooding.
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.
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.
Statewide road closures can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/flood/
Check www.511mn.org before traveling for information on road conditions.