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Latest road closures & openings

Upper Iowa River in Le Roy Upper Iowa River in Le Roy
Flooding in Owatonna Flooding in Owatonna
Mantorville Bridge Mantorville Bridge
Flooding at a park in Pine Island Flooding at a park in Pine Island
Minnesota Avenue/County Road 18 Bridge in Oronoco Minnesota Avenue/County Road 18 Bridge in Oronoco


Mn/DOT latest as of 3:30 p.m. Tueday:

Closed Highways: 

  • Highway 60 west of Zumbro Falls

Detour: Use local roads

  • Highway 63 in Wabasha County

Detour: Highway 61 to Highway 42 to Highway 247 and then back to Highway 63.

  • Highway 65 westbound (East Main Street) in Albert Lea at Clark Street

Detour: Use Front Street 

Most Recent Open Highways:

  • NEW Eastbound Hwy. 65 in Albert Lea
  • NEW Northbound Hwy. 52 near Pine Island
  • NEW Highway 19 in Northfield over the Cannon River
  • NEW Highway 20 from Highway 19 to Goodhue County Road 86 in Cannon Falls
  • NEW Highway 74 from County Road 30 (Beaver) to Weaver  

Passable Highways that are Partially Water-covered or Mud-covered:

  • Highway 63 north of Zumbro Falls (single lane open)

Olmsted County Updates:

Closed Roads:

-CR 18 in Oronoco

- CR 14 in Genoa            

  • Olmsted County Emergency Operations Center is concerned that not all properties that have sustained flood damage or flood-related damage have been identified. Olmsted County residents are encouraged to contact Emergency Management by calling the Disaster Reporting Line at (507) 328-4582.
  • City of Eyota: The Emergency Operations Center has been activated.  Eyota City Hall is the command center.  Creeks and waterways are full.  Many basements are wet and/or flooded.  Debris disposal is set up at West Side Park in the southwest parking lot.  Additional information or questions should be directed to Eyota City Hall at 507-545-2135.  Citizens should refer to Eyota's cable TV channel 19 and the City website for further details. 
  • The Red Cross shelter at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Rochester has closed.

Wabasha County Updates:

  • Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, along with Emergency Management Director Kris Eide.
  • Several resources are in place to assist Zumbro Falls and Hammond. State incident management teams, the National Guard, the state's multi-agency coordination center (MACC) and officials from other state agencies are in the area to provide assistance.
  • Officials in Zumbro Falls and Hammond are working with residents to allow them into their homes to retrieve essential items (medications, insurance information, banking information, pets, clothing, etc.). Officials continue to work on a final re-entry plan.
  • The Zumbro River in Zumbro Falls crested Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service observed the river at 30.26 feet at 7 a.m. Friday.  Anything over 18 feet or more is considered flood stage.26 feet is considered major flood stage. Click here to see the Hydrograph from the National Weather Service.
  • A Red Cross shelter has been set up at the Mazeppa Community Center, 278 1st Ave. North, Mazeppa, MN 55956

Wabasha County Roads Closed:

County Highway 4 at the Zumbro River bridge at Theilman is closed. 
County Highway 86 is closed east of Theilman, but expected to open shortly.
County Highway 68 between MnTH 63 and Hammond
County 11 between Hammond and MnTH 60 is closed, and Millville to County Road 68 is closed.
County 81 between MnTH 60 and US Hwy 61
Open Roads:
County Highway 11 Zumbro River bridge at Hammond is open; County Highway 11 through Hammond is currently closed to traffic.
County Highway 21 is open near County Highway 7.
County Highway 7 bridge over the Zumbro River is open.
County Highway 7 between MnTH 60 and County Highway 21 is open.
County Highway 2 bridge over the Zumbro River at Millville is open.
County Highway 2 south of Elgin near the N. Fork Whitewater River is open.
County 13 between County Highway 4 and 653rd Street is open.
County Highway 19 is passable, drive with caution.
County 85 between County Highway 1 and County Road 71 is open.
County Highway 1 south of Mazeppa near Pine Island Creek is open. 
County Highway 68 north of MnTH 60.
County Highway 86 east of Theilman.
County 81 between MnTH 60 and US Hwy 61.

Goodhue County Updates:

  • The situation is Pine Island is improving.
  • Friday morning water was receding, and assessment teams are going door to door to about 40 flooded homes.  They are trying to determine if they are safe for residents to return.
  • The Main Street Bridge is open to traffic, as well as Goodhue County Road 11 and Goodhue County Road 27.
  • Crews are inspecting a bridge on County Road 3 to make sure it is safe for motorists.
  • The Waste Treatment Plant has been reopened.
  • The Red Cross shelter at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 214 3rd Street SW, has been CLOSED.
  • Olmsted Medical Center's Pine Island brach is closed Friday because of flooding, it will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday.

Steele County Updates:

  • Building inspectors are being sent to Steele County to assist with inspecting homes and businesses. Inspectors will determine if buildings are structurally sound as residents return to their homes.
  • Authorities in Owatonna say they don't expect any more evacuations due to flooding from a major thunderstorm.
  • More than 70 homes were evacuated Thursday, but two creeks that caused problems have been receding for hours. And the Straight River that bisects the city appeared to be cresting around midday Friday.
  • The Red Cross shelter at St. John's Lutheran Church in Owatonna has closed. 

From Mn/DOT:

Every flood is dangerous to motorists. If you must travel follow these safe driving practices (source: Federal Emergency Management Agency

  • Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
    • Flooding can knock out bridges, undercut highways and clog roads with mudslides and debris.
    • Mn/DOT will identify which roads are closed and warn motorists of potential pavement break up or soft shoulders that could give way.
    • Drivers are warned not to drive around barricades and to call 5-1-1 for road conditions, closures and alternate routes.
    • Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.


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