The Minnesota Department of Transportation has again closed highways in the Henderson and LeSueur area as the Minnesota River continues to rise.

MnDOT District 7 maintenance engineer Jed Fallgren said that includes a couple of highways that regularly see flooding and, “We’ve got the two roadways going into Henderson from Highway 169, Highway 19 and Highway 93, closed.”

Drivers in that area should expect further closures. Fallgren said, “Highway 93 going into Le Sueur will be closing probably sometime later today (Monday) of early tomorrow.”

He explained that they are watching river levels closely and may have to make even more closures later in the week. “With the increased crest levels forecasted now toward the end of the week, there is the potential we could see Highway 99 closed east of St. Peter – although it’s still too early to tell on that,” Fallgren said.

Fallgren reminded drivers that they face possible fines if they are caught driving around those barricades. “We do know that there were some Troopers that were making some stops over the weekend in areas that we did have closures in place,” he said, “And that’s primarily to reinforce the risk that they are taking as they drive in those areas. We certainly don’t want to see anybody hurt.”

Fallgren added that the impacted roads will remain closed until the water level recedes and crews can inspect them to make sure they are safe.

Fallgren was a guest on The Morning Blend on KTOE.