Highway 52 Closed at Pine Island (UPDATED DETOUR)
Pine Island, MN (KROC-AM News) - Flooding on the South Branch of the Zumbro River has disrupted traffic on Highway 52 between Rochester and Pine Island.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reporting the north and southbound lanes of Highway 52 are closed from Oronoco to Pine Island. Traffic is being detoured onto 75th Street north of Rochester and then onto Highway 63 to Zumbro Falls and back to Highway 52 on Highway 60.
It appears the Zumbro River has crested at Pine Island and the peak was the 2nd highest on record. The latest information from the National Weather Service indicated the river crested at about 21.6 feet. That is about 4 1/2 feet over flood stage and about 2 feet below the record crest set in September 2010. Earlier today, the Pine Island Fire Department issued an advisory the residents living in the Lilly Lane neighborhood next to the Branch of the Zumbro River that encourage them to evacuate because of high water levels.