River flooding in the south-central part of Minnesota has closed a section of road near Hwy. 169 in Henderson, and that appears to only be the beginning as water levels rise along state rivers.
According to MnDOT, Hwy. 93 between 308th Lane and Ridge Road in Henderson, Minnesota, has been closed because of flooding from the Rush River.
The flooding is in part a result of record snowfall in April and fast melting.
"We do expect that the Minnesota River to sometime later this week potentially impact this same highway, as well as Hwy. 19 east of Henderson and Hwy. 93 heading into Le Sueur," said Jed Falgren, a maintenance engineer with MnDOT. "We'll also be looking soon thereafter for flooding potentially impacting roads in the St. Peter area."
Falgren told BMTN that this is "routine spring-type flooding," while adding that the "greatest impact it will have is road closures and its impact to traffic."
Water levels are "very high" all over the state
Snowmelt is having an impact on river levels across Minnesota.
As such, the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the following locations.
- Cottonwood River at New Ulm.
- Flood waters begin to impact low lying areas and some roads along the river.
- Minnesota River at Montevideo
- Low lying areas and some roads along the river begin flooding, along with some basements of houses along the river.
- Redwood River near Redwood Falls
- Low lying areas, mainly farmland, and some roads along the river begin to experience flooding.
The DNR has a list of river levels across the state, and 41 reports are already in as having "very high" water levels, a stage that is considered dangerous to paddlers. Here are all 41 current reports:
- Cannon River at Co. Hwy. 29 below Faribault, MN
- Cannon River at Welch, MN
- Cedar River near Austin, MN
- Chippewa River (TW) near Watson, MN
- Cottonwood River near Springfield, CR2
- Cottonwood River near New Ulm, MN68
- North Fork Crow River near Cokato, CSAH4
- Crow River at Rockford, MN
- South Fork Crow River near Cosmos, MN7
- South Fork Crow River at Hutchinson, CSAH25
- South Fork Crow River near Lester Prairie, CR9
- South Fork Crow River at Delano, Bridge Ave
- Crow Wing River near Pillager, Sylvan Dam
- Kettle River near Willow River, Long Lake Rd
- Kettle River near Sandstone, MN
- Le Sueur River near Rapidan, MN66
- Long Prairie River at Long Prairie, MN
- Minnesota River at Ortonville
- Minnesota River near Lac Qui Parle, MN
- Minnesota River at Montevideo
- Minnesota River at Morton, MN19
- Minnesota River at Mankato, MN
- Minnesota River at St. Peter, MN22
- Minnesota River at Henderson, MN19
- Minnesota River near Jordan, MN
- Mississippi River near Royalton, MN
- Mississippi River at St. Cloud, MN
- Mississippi River at St. Paul, MN
- Pine River near Jenkins, CSAH15
- Red River of the North at Fargo, ND
- Red River of the North at Oslo, MN1
- Red River of the North at Drayton, ND
- Root River near Pilot Mound, MN
- Sauk River near St. Martin, CR12
- Snake River near Warman, CSAH3
- Snake River at Grasston, MN107
- St. Croix River at St. Croix Falls, WI
- St Croix River at Stillwater, MN36
- Straight River near Faribault, MN
- North Branch Middle Fork Zumbro River near Oronoco,5th St
- South Fork Zumbro River near Rochester, MN
The Minnesota River has 11 locations with very high levels, and Falgren noted that the Minnesota River usually rises slowly and falls slowly, so impacts could be longer lasting if they do reach flood stage.
You can also check on specific rivers in your area right here.
We've reached out to MnDOT in an effort to find out if any moderate to severe flooding is expected and will update the story once we hear back.
Reminder: Driving on closed roads can result in a fine of $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail, and MnDOT warns that six inches of water will reach the bottom of most cars. A foot of water can cause a vehicle to float.