MnDOT Warns of Flooding on Southern Minnesota Roads; Water Still High on St. Croix

June 22, 2018 03:07 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising motorists in southern Minnesota to beware of flood waters encroaching on some roadways in the area.

In a release, MnDOT said much of south-central and southwestern Minnesota is saturated.


Lanes have already been reduced due to flooding on Highway 30 east of Mapleton and Highway 4 north of Sherburn.

The release said MnDOT crews are also working with hydrologists on the likely closure of highways in the Henderson and Le Sueur areas due to water forecasts on the Minnesota River.

Water levels also remain high on the St. Croix River, where no-wake restrictions remain in effect. The high water has caused two dozen landings north of Stillwater to close.

And in Stillwater itself, a walkway was underwater Friday.

"It's crazy to come down here and see the water further than the old flood line," resident Ed Nelsen said. "I've never seen it like this before."

The Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department says no-wake restrictions have also been issued for all lakes in that county starting immediately Friday.

RELATED: St. Croix Rising at Alarming Rate

A release states the restriction was issued because of abnormally high water levels, which have created shoreline erosion concerns, submerged docks and caused excess debris in the lakes - creating potential hazards.

The restrictions mean watercraft must operate at the slowest speed possible to main steerage, and cannot exceed five miles per hour.

RELATED: City of Burnsville: Slow/No-Wake Restrictions Lifted on Crystal Lake

On Thursday, the City of Burnsville announced slow/no-wake restrictions on Crystal Lake had been lifted.


Frank Rajkowski

Copyright 2018 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company