Area river crossings closing due to flooding

By: 
Chuck Kajer
One area crossing of the Minnesota River has been closed and two others are expected to close in the near future. 
 
The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed Highway 19 from Highway 169 to Henderson due to flooding of the Minnesota River. The announcement was made at 4:25 a.m. Thursday. 
 
Motorists should seek alternate routes, as the road will remain closed until the water level recedes. 
 
MnDOT also anticipates that Highway 93 from 169 to Henderson will also close if water levels continue to rise as forecast. MnDOT is monitoring rivers throughout the southwest and south central Minnesota area.
 
Meanwhile, Scott County has announced the river crossing at Scott County Road 9/Carver County Road 11 near Jordan will close at 2 p.m. Thursday. 
 
MnDOT says flooding is difficult to predict and roads may be closed or restricted without warning. Log and ice jams can further complicate flood forecasts. Motorists should check road conditions at www.511mn.org.

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