More than 40 reports of 'very high' water levels along Minnesota rivers

River flooding has already started in south-central Minnesota.
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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.

Henderson, MN flooding

The flooding is occurring just south of Henderson. 

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: 

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. 

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