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Flooding causes road closures and mudslides in Lanesboro

LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -- -

The Root River in Lanesboro reached levels as high as 10.5 feet Thursday. According to the National Weather Service Fillmore County is expected to be on flash flood watch until 7 p.m. Thursday.

Highway 16 E toward Lanesboro was closed from 4 a.m. - 10 a.m. due to flooding from the Root River.

MnDOT says they will be monitoring flood levels all day.

Now that the roads have reopened crews are working hard to clear up the roads damaged by mudslides. Ox Cart Road has severe damage from the mud.

Public works officials say the 200 year-old dam isn't doing much to control the water levels. Riverside campground is completely underwater and workers at the Highway 250 campground had to pull out 70 campers last night.

City workers say they've gone through this many times and are prepared for the work ahead.

Public Works Official Steve Majerus says, "We know that we'll be cleaning up after the flood it's just common place when you're living in a valley region like this. It's never fun. Sometimes it's worse than others but overall we bounce off it pretty good."

Over the next few days, city workers will be working to clean debris that has floated down the river.

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