Potential Flooding/MnDot Advises Caution in Southern MN 11 Jun 15

The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises travelers to drive with caution in southern Minnesota due to forecasted heavy rains on Thursday, June 11.

Officials warn that roads may be closed or restricted without warning as flash flooding is difficult to predict.  They also advise motorists to watch for 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.

Every flood is dangerous. If you must travel, follow these safe driving practices:


-       Check www.511mn.org before traveling for information on road conditions, closures and detour routes.

-       Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.

-       Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas. 

-       If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground, if you can do so safely.


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.