CHASKA, Minn. (FOX 9) - Rising water on the Minnesota River is causing more road closures in the Twin Cities metro.
Highway 41 will close between Highway 169 in Shakopee and Chaska Boulevard in Chaska at 7 p.m. on Thursday due to the rising water, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The highway will remain closed until the water recedes and any damage can be repaired.
Drivers are being advised to find an alternative route to bypass the road closure. It is illegal to travel on a closed road. If drivers do so, they can be fined up to $1,000 and face possible jail time.
Further south, the river rose approximately 2 feet in four hours Wednesday night due to an ice jam between Mankato and St. Peter. MnDOT said the river had been rising at approximately 2.5 feet per day in that area.
Video from the Hwy 99 bridge in St Peter last night. A ice jam that formed between Mankato and St Peter released late in the afternoon. During a four hour period from 5 PM to 9 PM, the Minnesota River rose approximately 2 feet. It had been rising at approx 2.5 feet per day. pic.twitter.com/D21IC5zmbz— MnDOT District 7 (@mndotscentral) March 21, 2019