Mudslide, flooding closes highways in Minnesota, Wisconsin

Heavy rains Monday have caused problems in southern Minnesota, closing four highways.
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Highway 68 between New Ulm and Blue Earth County Road 24 is closed as crews continue to clean the area from a mudslide caused by heavy rain. 

Highway 68 between New Ulm and Blue Earth County Road 24 is closed as crews continue to clean the area from a mudslide caused by heavy rain. 

Heavy rains in the area on Monday have forced the closure of some highways in the Mankato area, the Minnesota Department of Transporation (MnDOT) said Tuesday. 

Parts of Blue Earth County got up to 6 inches of rain Monday, the National Weather Service said, which caused mudslides and flooding in the area and forced the closures of four highways. 

The closures are:  

  • A mudslide has closed Highway 68 from Highway 15 to just west of Blue Earth County Road 24. The road closed Monday and remains closed Tuesday, with motorists asked to use Highway 14 or an alternate route.
  • Flooding on the Rush River forced Highway 93 from Highway 169 to Henderson to close at 2 p.m. on Monday. Motorists are asked to use Highway 19 as an alternate route. 
  • Flash flooding forced Highway 19 between Winthrop and Gaylord to close around 5 p.m. Monday. Traffic has been detoured to Sibley County Roads 10 and 4. 
  • A failed culvert forced Highway 99 east of Highway 13 to close at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Traffic is detoured to Highway 13, Highway 21 and Le Sueur County Road 3. 

MnDOT says it'll closely monitor the areas and will reopen roads as soon as it is safe. The latest road conditions can be found here or by calling 511. 

Anyone who drives on a road that is closed could face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. And if someone drives on a closed road and has to be rescued, other expenses and penalties could apply. 

Roads closed in Wisconsin

Roads in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, are also closed after the area was inundated with rain

Parts of St. Croix County just across the Minnesota border were hammered, with Baldwin – an area where a motorist died after driving into floodwaters – picked up more than 8 inches, while nearby Emerald got more than 9 inches of rain. 

According to WisDOT, six roads in Pierce and St. Croix counties are closed. 

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