HOUSTON, Minn. (KTTC) — Ice jams are causing flooding along a section of the Root River between Rushford Village and Houston.
It’s due to the quick warm-up over the weekend, and the quirky conditions could cause similar flooding nuisances on other rivers flowing through southeast Minnesota. Overnight, flooding along the Whitewater forced MnDOT to close a section of Highway 74 between Beaver and Weaver, a flood-prone gravel section of roadway that winds through a beautiful section of bluff country.
At midday Tuesday, the ice jams near Houston had sent water over the banks into nearby fields.
Hydrologists with the National Weather Service in La Crosse blamed the combination of mild temps on Friday, Saturday and early Sunday with rain and melting snow for the breakup of the ice and the ice jams along the Root River.
Big ice chunks headed down the Root toward the Mississippi and clog near a bend in the river or any kind of obstruction.
The flood warning for the Root River near Houston will be in effect until Wednesday evening. The hydrology experts warn this kind of thing can happen along other rivers and streams in southeast Minnesota through mid-week.
So far there have not been any reports of serious damage from the flooding along the Root River.
Minor flooding is also occurring along the Kickapoo River near Gays Mills. Minor flooding is forecast before waters drop below flood stage by Sunday according to the National Weather Service.