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MnDOT working to fix sinkhole on Hwy. 169 in North Mankato

About six feet of concrete dropped from the surface of the road.

It's not the kind of sinkhole that can swallow a home, but a small collapse of the roadway on the shoulder of Hwy. 169 is cause for concern in North Mankato. 

The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed a lane of traffic on northbound Hwy. 169 near Veterans Memorial Bridge at Belgrade Ave. 

Essentially, a six-foot stretch of concrete dropped about a foot, the Mankato Free Press says. The news paper talked to a MnDOT employee who said they're taking the situation very seriously but don't believe the sinkhole poses any increased threat to flooding from the Minnesota River. 

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MnDOT is working with North Mankato and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fix the sinkhole. 

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Heavy rains coupled with the big snows in April have had the river running high, and it's currently at a minor flood stage. The river level is expected to drop below flood stage on Friday, but it could rise over over the weekend with more heavy rain possible, especially on Saturday. 

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