MANKATO, Minn. – (9 a.m.) Highway 19 between Winthrop and Gaylord opened to traffic around 6:30 a.m. today, Monday, July 27.  Highway 19 had been closed due to flooding from Saturday’s torrential rains.

MnDOT crews will continue to monitor the flood highway and will open them as soon as it is safe to do so.

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. In addition, if travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.