March 17, 2019 10:15 PM
New Ulm was forced to close a portion of roadway on Sunday due to flooding.
New Ulm Police said on Facebook that Cottonwood Street is closed at the bridge because water from the Cottonwood River is flowing across the road.
The department asked motorists to not drive past the barricades for their safety, and responders' safety.
"It's very unsafe and also a very expensive ticket from us," the department wrote in part.
But the water levels are also affecting businesses.
Steve Kodada told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he and his coworkers pumped flooding Cottonwood River water out of the basement of two work buildings on the east river bank.
"It came up really quick in a short time and caught us a little off guard," said Kodada. "We hooked up a pump and pumped out all of the water from the buildings, and I think we should be alright now."
Kodada said the Cottonwood usually floods over its banks every spring, but this year is a little worse than recent years, and the ice jams are keeping things a little harder to predict.
"I have seen it like this quite a bit, but I would say this year could be a little more serious," said Kodada. "The ice jams are bigger this year, and depending on the weather, those could give us more problems than we want."
Corey Heck lives downstream on the Minnesota River and told KSTP he came out to see what the Cottonwood River looked like Sunday because it could tell him what to expect in coming days.
"The Cottonwood usually gives me a good idea of what will happen when it connects up with the Minnesota," said Heck. "And, this year, I am already moving things out of my basement because this has me a little scared, this year."
The Cottonwood River climbed above 16 feet on Sunday, which is in the Major Flooding Stage, according to NWS and KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas. The river is expected to top 17 feet Monday before it starts to drop.
Updated: March 17, 2019 10:15 PM
Created: March 17, 2019 02:47 PM
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