Flooding Minnesota River forces closure of Hwy. 41 between Shakopee and Chaska

Recent rains have sent river levels surging in many parts of the state.
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A busy bridge in the southwestern Twin Cities metro will close Tuesday morning because of rising river levels.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the Hwy. 41 bridge between Shakopee and Chaska will shut down at 9 a.m., after the morning rush hour.

It will close between Hwy. 169 and Chaska Boulevard, and will remain closed until the waters of the Minnesota River have receded and any required repairs have been made.

It's one of three bridge closures announced in Scott County caused by the flooding of the Minnesota River, which isn't expected to reach its crest until this weekend.

The Blakeley Bridge on County Road 1 has also closed, as well as the Jordan Bridge on County Road 9, while other roads currently closed due to flooding include MN 19 and 93 in Henderson.

According to the National Weather Service, the Minnesota River reached a "minor" flood stage at Jordan on Thursday, when it hit a depth of 25 feet.

As of 3 a.m. Tuesday it had risen to 26.5 feet, and it is expected to crest at 30.5 feet on Saturday.

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Elsewhere, the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers in St. Paul has closed three Mississippi River landings, two in Wisconsin as well as the Millstone Landing in Minnesota, because of high river stages.

It is also temporarily closing Blackhawk Park near to De Soto, Wisconsin. All will be re-opened as conditions allow.

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