Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 15, 2019

MnDOT continues to clear localized flooding in south central Minnesota

A portion of Highway 75 opens south of I-90; Highway 13 south of Waseca remains closed

MANKATO, Minn. — (10 a.m.) MnDOT continues to combat flooded highways in south central Minnesota today, Friday, March 15. Highway 75 in Rock County and Highway 13 south of Waseca closed late yesterday, but Highway 75 south of I-90 (Luverne) was cleared this morning and is open to traffic. 

Highway 13 south of Waseca remains closed at this time as well as Highway 75 north of I-90 to Trosky.

MnDOT encourages motorists to continue to expect the unexpected and drive with caution.

Crews are trying to improve conditions by making a drainage path for the water, clearing frozen culverts and catch basins and even plowing off some of the water now turned to slush. 

Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution wherever they see crews working.

Working with law enforcement, MnDOT will continue to monitor conditions including area rivers as they begin to rise. If flooding occurs, lanes or other sections of highway may need to be closed with barricades and other traffic control devices. 

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or get the free smartphone app at Google Play or the App Store.

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 http://www.dot.state.mn.us/flood/ and follow local highway updates via Twitter at twitter.com/mndotscentral.