Flooding and Road Closure Information

Like many counties around the state, Scott County is currently experiencing flooding and road closures due to the weather's triple threat: An unusual amount of snowfall over the winter/spring, persistent rain, and melting of piled snow and ice.  We will keep you as updated as possible as the information becomes available.

March 21, 5:09 PM


Flooding Alert:  Highway 41 CLOSING tonight (from MnDOT)  
Highway 41 will CLOSE between Highway 169 near Shakopee and Chaska Boulevard in Chaska at 7 PM after the evening rush hour tonight (Thursday, March 21), due to the rising water levels of the Minnesota River. Highway 41 will remain closed until the water recedes and any damage to the road can be repaired.

March 20, 12:33 PM


Flooding Alert: Highway 41 CLOSING (from Carver County)
Effective Friday, March 22, Highway 41 in Chaska is projected to CLOSE at 9 AM due to flooding conditions on the Minnesota River. During the road closure, drivers won't be able to travel between Highway 169 and the city of Chaska using Highway 41. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate river crossings, such as Highway 101 in Shakopee.

Flood Travel Tips


  • Expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere.
  • Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.
  • When a road is closed, it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. If travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will also apply.

March 20, 9:19 AM


Scott County Highway 1/Sibley County Highway 5 is scheduled to CLOSE at 1 PM today; however, the river is rising fairly quickly in this area, so the closure may happen.  Crews are monitoring the situation

March 20, 8:03 AM


County Road 9 is CLOSING due to flooding.  Water is already over the low section in Carver County.  

March 19, 8:39 PM

Henderson: Highway 19 river crossing at Henderson: CLOSED due to river flooding.

March 19, 11:08 AM


Jordan – Sand Creek:
  • Debris removal activities in Jordan are making substantial progress.  The water levels near Valley Green Trailer Park have been reduced by over a foot.  
  • Pumping operations are expected to begin tomorrow morning, barring any setbacks overnight.
  • The City of Jordan declared a local emergency at their City Council meeting last evening (March 18).
  • Preliminary damage assessment has been started.  
Minnesota River:
  • The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for the Minnesota River at Mankato, Henderson, Jordan, and Savage.
  • Henderson appears to have hit a first crest late last evening (March 18), with an expected rise to continue soon.
  • MnDOT closed Highway 93 between Henderson and LeSueur.
  • Projections show the rate of rise slowing over the next few days, then increasing starting on Saturday when daytime temperatures are expected to be in the 50s.
St. Lawrence Township:
  • Road washouts on Park Boulevard and Goshen Road.

March 16, 7:29 AM


  • County Highway 51: CLOSED
  • CH 85: CLOSED 
  • CH 6: There is an area between Belle Plaine and Blakeley where the water is a little over the fog line on both sides of the road. The level hasn’t changed much since yesterday; crews will be out assisting the situation this afternoon.
  • All other roads are open with no issues besides a few slick spots where water is sheet draining over the road; salt trucks have been out this morning to address these areas.

March 16, 7:00 AM


Jordan:  Around 5:00 PM last evening, the ice jam east of Jordan moved 100 yards downstream on its own reducing creek heights by two feet in a half hour.  Unfortunately, water levels began to rise again from another jam.  It peaked at 11.08’ around 10:00 and now is reducing again.  Crews advise that we should expect to see water levels maintain variability until the ice works its way into the Minnesota River.   The Red Cross Shelter is down to thirteen guests.


March 15, 2:31 PM


  • County Highway 1/ Blakeley river crossing is now open.
  • Operations in Jordan are continuing; there are now 23 residents in shelters.  The creek is slowly receding, but crews are currently unable to break up the ice jam due to its location. 

March 14, 9:17 PM


  • Valley Green mobile/manufactured home park (Jordan): Crews are evacuating Valley Green Park in Jordan; ice jams have formed, causing the creek to overflow its banks. A shelter is being opened at the Jordan High School.

March 14, 6:47 PM


  • 170th Street East between John Deere and Texas Avenue (Credit River Twp): CLOSED throughout tonight (March 14 - 15). Barricades are up and drain hoses are across the roadway.

March 14, 4:59 PM


  • County Highway 85: CLOSED.  This will be a longer duration closure due to high water and erosion.  Residents have access from either CH 86 or CH 2.
  • CH 51: Remains closed to through traffic.
  • All other roads are open, but there are areas with water on the road that crews continue to address.

March 14, 4:11 PM


  • Iago Rd between County Road 7 and CR 64:  CLOSED due to the high water and road damage. Crews are currently working on signage. 

March 14, 9:30 AM


  • County Highway 69 is now open.  

March 14,

 

8:25 AM


  • Highway 169:  The northbound right lane just south of 150th street is covered by water.

March 14, 2019, 7:45 AM


  • County Highway 1/Blakeley river crossing: CLOSED as of midnight due to flooded roads on the Sibley County side (not due to the river itself).
  • CH 8 between CH 23 and TH 13: Reduced to single lane for now; crews will be assessing the situation further this morning.  
  • CH 66 between CH 76 and CH 59:  Crews will be back today with an excavator to remove snow and ice to get all of the water flowing in the ditch again.
  • CH 51 (gravel portion): This road is now CLOSED to through traffic, only residents are allowed to get in or out. Crews will be out today to steam culverts and add new material where needed.
  • CH 69: CLOSED in both directions.  Crews hope that this will be resolved by mid-morning.  
  • CH 79 between TH 282 and CH 14: A ditch is raising approximately 5” per hour and is encroaching on a private septic system. Crews are attempting to steam a culvert and may need to get an excavator out tonight.
  • CH 6: The culvert where water was running over the road has been cleared; additional work will be undertaken in the morning.