Southbound Lanes of Highway 169 South of St. Peter Blocked with Mudslide

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy rains in southeastern Minnesota have caused numerous mudslides that forced officials to shut down the southbound lanes of state Highway 169 between St. Peter and Mankato (see photo below).

Minnesota Department of Transportation officials say rains up to 2 inches an hour left standing water on the highway and ditches were filling up with water from the runoff.

Officials kept the section of roadway closed overnight and will evaluate road conditions today (Thursday).

The National Weather Service says a flash flood warning was in effect for several counties and includes the cities of Rosemount, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Farmington, Cannon Falls, Dundas, Faribault and Morristown.

Other Highways that remain closed:

·         Highway 86 Wilder to Iowa (detoured April 15 for utility work on downed power lines)

·         Highway 19 east of Henderson (closed March 19 due to flooding)

·         Highway 93 south of Henderson (closed March 16 due to flooding)

Hwy 169 Mudslide – MnDot photo

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