Mudslide shuts down highway in southern Minnesota

An eight foot wall of sludge and trees is blocking the road.
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Transportation officials say Highway 68 is closed indefinitely in southern Minnesota because of a mudslide.

The road is closed west of Blue Earth County Road 45, just south of Courtland, after an 8-foot wall of mud and trees fell onto the road.

Crews are at the scene working to remove it, but danger will remain even when it's been removed.

That's because the Minnesota Department of Transportation says there's a "large shelf" of mud and trees currently 30 feet above the roadway.

Until the slope can be stabilized, MnDOT says the road will remain closed.

Southern Minnesota is recovering from significant flooding as a result of recent rains. 

Several roads were submerged by floodwaters after rivers swelled, with several areas of the Minnesota River still under a flood warning.

Parts of Scott, Sibley, Le Sueur, Carver, Dakota and Hennepin are affected by the warning.

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