Highway 13 reopens near Minnesota River

BROWN COUNTY — The City of New Ulm announced the reopening of Highway 13 between the KC Road and Highway 21 Monday afternoon.

The road was closed for the past couple weeks due to Minnesota River flooding that topped the highway just south of the Beussman Bridge.

The Minnesota River at New Ulm was measured at 802.3 feet at 8:45 a.m. Monday. Minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. Flood stage is 800 feet. The river will continue rising to near 804.3 feet by early next Monday morning. Additional rises may be possible thereafter.

The Cottonwood River was observed in New Ulm at 11.43 feet at 2 p.m. Monday. The river is forecast to rise to 12.9 feet, nearly moderate flood stage and remain above flood stage into early next week, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) Advanced Prediction Service.

A flood warning continues for the Cottonwood River affecting Brown County at New Ulm and above Springfield. A flood warning continues on the Minnesota River at Morton, New Ulm, Henderson, near Jordan, and at Savage.

Other river warnings include the Crow River at Rockford, Mississippi River at St. Paul and near Hastings and the Redwood River near Redwood Falls.

Snowmelt from last week’s storm continues to raise river levels, especially over the next few days as temperatures warm significantly. Another weather system this week will bring widespread rainfall and likely cause another rise, with several rivers re-entering or increasing flood stages this week.

Motorists are advised to turn around from water-covered roads, don’t drown and stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or a local radio or TV station for the latest flood information.

For more information, visit https://water.weather/gov/.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.