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Current list of flood-closed Minnesota highways, bridges

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The road collapsed under a dump truck in Henderson, Minn. Photo submitted to photos@fox9.com by Andrew Meyer. The road collapsed under a dump truck in Henderson, Minn. Photo submitted to photos@fox9.com by Andrew Meyer.
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - From the Canadian border to the Iowa border and everywhere in between, flood waters are causing a whole host of problems. Disasters include mudslides and washouts, leading to road closures and event cancellations. Fox 9 News is maintaining an updated list of closed highways here.

HIGHWAYS AND BRIDGES CLOSED

Updated June 24, 9 a.m. Conditions may change rapidly. Check 511mn.org for updates.

TWIN CITIES METRO

River Crossings

- Stillwater lift bridge closed
- Hwy 41 Minnesota River crossing in Chaska. Closure is from 1st Street to Dem Com Lane
- Several streets in downtown St. Paul closed due to flooding. Check the City of St. Paul website for updates.
- Several other roads and river crossings in Scott County are also closed due to flooding. This includes County Hwys 101 and 9. Check the Scott County website for more.

Highways closed/restricted

- Hwy 25 northbound truck lanes closed
- Northbound 169 restricted to one lane south of Belle Plaine
- I-35W northbound ramp to Black Dog Road is closed

SOUTH-CENTRAL MINNESOTA

Highways closed

- Hwy 19 Henderson to Hwy 169 (closed June 19)
- Hwy 93 Henderson to Hwy 169 (closed June 19)
- Hwy 93 from Hwy 169 to LeSueur (closed June 21 a.m.)
- Hwy 99 East at St. Peter near Minnesota River Bridge (closed June 22 a.m.)
- Hwy 169 St. Peter to LeSueur (closed June 22 at 8 p.m.)

SOUTHEASTERN MINNESOTA


Highways closed

- Hwy 65 between Hwy 13 and County Road 91 (Albert Lea)

WEST-CENTRAL MINNESOTA

Highways with restrictions

- Hwy 200 in two locations east of Mahnomen, passable

TIPS FOR SAFE DRIVING DURING FLOOD CONDITIONS

Every flood is dangerous, and MnDOT recommends avoiding all standing water if possible; however, those who must travel are urged to consider the following advice:

1. Check 511mn.org before traveling. Although rivers may rise slowly, a heavy rainfall can cause flash flooding, washouts, and other unsafe driving conditions. It's best to know before you go, and 511 is updated 24 hours a day.

2. Expect the unexpected. Flash floods can occur anytime the soil is saturated, and it can happen anywhere. Even when there isn't a stream or body of water nearby, it's important to watch for water.

3. Obey the barricades. Driving around barricades and into a flooded area is illegal. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and could spend 90 days in jail for sneaking around one. Also, anyone who needs to be rescued from a closed road will face other expenses and penalties.

4. Know when to bail. When floodwaters are rising around a vehicle, it is best to abandon the car and move to higher ground if possible. It only takes 6 inches of water to reach the bottom of most passenger cars, which will cause a loss of control and could even stall a vehicle. A foot of water will leave many vehicles floating, and just 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles -- including SUVs and pickups.

In any crash it can be difficult to escape a vehicle, but water presents additional challenges -- something one woman who was rescued via her window learned earlier this week. Seconds later, the car was carried off into a ditch and disappeared. Earlier this spring, the FOX 9 Investigators found a simple life-saving tool can make a big difference during a crash into water. Click here to learn about a survival device that fits on a key chain.

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