The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol closed Highway 212 at Dairy Avenue in McLeod County east of Glencoe, due to flooding.
This portion of the road will remain closed until further notice. Eastbound motorists are being routed south on McLeod County Road 1; westbound travelers are being detoured onto McLeod County Road 9.
Water is also running over westbound lanes of Highway 212 west of Glencoe and on the westbound lanes of Highway 212 at 1st Avenue in Brownton. In addition, Highway 68 in Morgan has 6 – 7” inches of water over the road. MnDOT crews are currently flagging motorists through these area.
With additional rains forecasted, officials warn that roads may be closed or restricted without warning as flash flooding is difficult to predict. MnDOT also advises motorists to watch for flaggers, cones and barrels on the roadways as they indicate potential hazards where damage occurred during the recent flooding.
When a road is closed it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
Check www.511mn.org before traveling for information on road conditions.