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Flooding causes road closures in Mankato area

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Melting snow, combined with rain, caused flooding that closed roads in southern Minnesota Saturday, the Star Tribune reports.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said flooding closed traffic Saturday afternoon on southbound Highway 169 between Highways 14 and 22 in St. Peter; and Highway 66 in both directions between Blue Earth County Rd. 35 in the Good Thunder area and Highway 169 near Mankato.

WCCO-TV reports that water was up to hub caps on cars, and that the Minnesota Highway Patrol has reported two crashes.

Updates on road closures can be found on the MnDOT website.

The National Weather Service in Chanhassen urges motorists to watch out for any ponding on roads as heavy rain continues to fall and mild temperatures continue to melt snow.

The closures come just as the state Department of Commerce issued a warning to Minnesotans that flood season is here, warning residents to check to see if they have flood insurance.

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