It’s been just over a week since Delano battled flood waters on the Crow River. The river crested at more than 21 feet, the second highest in history. Several businesses in the downtown area were forced to close along with a busy bridge. Homes were also threatened by the high water.
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Gov. Mark Dayton made the rounds of more Minnesota cities along flood-swollen rivers Tuesday to meet with emergency managers and local elected officials. Delano City Administrator Phil Kern told the governor a conservative estimate of damage from the Crow River is already at $250,000, about 10 percent of the city’s budget.
The Delano area continues to deal with high water from the swollen Crow River after heavy rain came through the area last week. The Crow River crested late Monday night, reaching a depth of just over 21 feet. It’s the second-highest in history for the city of Delano, but still two feet under the record set back in 1965.
When our state has flooding, experts are able to tell us days out exactly how high a river will rise. And they’re usually correct within a couple inches. With millions of gallons of water involved, how do they know?
Communities around Minnesota are watching and waiting for flooded rivers to crest. At least 15 major roads or bridges are impassable right now because of rising water.
The water level on the Crow River is the second highest on record. The downtown area of Delano seems to be where flood waters are posing the biggest threat. A temporary levee has been set to guard businesses in the downtown, but it may not be enough. As you drive into Delano, you’ll see water spilling into roads.
The Mississippi River is creeping up on downtown St. Paul, and it’s just one of many areas around the state being affected by flooding. The river there won’t crest until late next week but it’s already triggered road closures.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Crow River was already three feet above flood stage. “It’s pretty crazy, it gets high, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this high before,” said Melanie Sturman, from Delano.
Customers sitting behind Three Crows Café are also now sitting just a couple feet from the Crow River. Three Crows Café co-owner Brad Coburn has been through this before. There was little flood damage in 2010, but Coburn’s not sure luck is on their side this time.
It’s state tournament time for high school baseball, and in Delano they have a player to watch. In fact, Toby Hanson is a player to watch all year long, as he plays basketball in the winter and football in the fall.
One of the two men killed in Friday’s head-on crash near Orono has been identified. According to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office, 50-year-old Steve Francis Crowley of Delano was driving one of the vehicles involved in the fatal accident, which occurred just before 7 a.m. on Highway 12 near County Road 6. The name of the other victim has not yet been released.
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