The National Weather Service says flood warnings remain in place for several rivers in the greater Mankato area. They include:
- Cottonwood River at New Ulm. It’s at 14.93 feet and expected to cross into major flood stage on Saturday and crest at 17 feet by next Wednesday.
- Cottonwood River Above Springfield is at 27.76 feet but expected to remain in the moderate flood stage with a crest at 28.5 feet Friday.
- Minnesota River At New Ulm. It’s currently at minor flood stage but expected to keep rising for at least the next week.
- Minnesota River at Mankato. It’s at 23.63 feet, expected to crest at 25.5 feet on Sunday.
- Minnesota River at Henderson. It’s at minor stage currently and expected to enter moderate Friday and crest on Monday.
- Minnesota River near Jordan. It’s at 27.72 feet, at moderate flood stage, and expected to crest at 31.8 feet next Tuesday.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed Highway 93 between Highway 169 and Le Sueur due to flooding on the Minnesota River. Drivers can use Highway 112 as an alternate route.
MnDOT has also closed the Highway 99 Minnesota River Bridge in St. Peter. Officials say an ice dam down river broke loose, causing a rapid increase in local river levels, and it’s unclear how long the river bridge will be closed. They are asking drivers to use the Highway 22 Minnesota River bridge as a detour. MnDOT District 7 posted a video on Twitter showing the ice jam.
Other area highways that remain closed include:
- Highway 19 east of Henderson (closed at 1 p.m. March 19)
- Highway 93 south of Henderson (closed March 16)
- Highway 4 north of St. James (closed March 17)
Highways that have reopened:
- Highway 30 east of Mapleton reopened Wednesday.
When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area, and MnDOT says drivers can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, officials say if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.