Late Monday night the Minnesota Department of Transportation closed an additional stretch of highway in the Henderson-Le Sueur area.

By Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. water was approaching the roadway on Highway 93 just south of Le Sueur.

District 7 Maintenance Engineer Jed Fallgren said, “We had to close the Highway 93 access into Le Sueur. That was water coming up a little bit faster throughout the day, so we closed it up last night and that will remain closed until the water recedes and we get a chance to look at that road section.”

Transportation officials had previously closed both Highway 19 and Highway 93 from Highway 169 into Henderson.

Highway 169 is under construction in that area, and Fallgren said they’ve made a change to the schedule because of the flooding. “We will be able to keep the northbound ramp from that County Road 8/Highway 93 interchange open during the duration of this high water,” he explained, “Which will certainly help people get from Henderson over to Le Sueur.”

Flooding is impacting Le Sueur River Park, along Highway 93 at the Minnesota River bridge.

Fallgren said the next possible closure is Highway 99 east of St. Peter. “We’ll watch what the river brings us and, as of last night, had about a foot-and-a-half to go,” he said, adding, “It’ll be close.”

While the Minnesota River isn’t expected to get much higher than it is now, Fallgren said additional rainfall could still cause problems and, “The biggest challenge for us right now is that rain that falls might not necessarily increase the height of the crest, but what we’re hearing from the National Weather Service is that it’s just going to extend the duration of the high water.”

He said the highway closures could last a week or more.

Fallgren was a guest on The Morning Blend on KTOE.