Crow River Expected to Crest in Delano Tuesday

Updated: 06/24/2014 7:40 AM
Created: 06/23/2014 5:43 PM
By: Ellen Galles

The Crow River in Delano is right at Gina Corburn's back door. She owns Three Crows Coffee Cafe, and her business is closer to the river than any other in Delano.

"We just have to prepare to flood," Corburn said.

Everything has been moved out of her shop, and instead it's filled with the sounds of water pumps - seven of them.  Amazingly, she hasn't had a drop of water seep inside yet. But she doesn't know how long she can keep up this flood fight.

"We're losing ground," she said.

There are stories like hers all over Delano. Roads are closed, backyards are swamped and basements are flooded. But so far, there have been no evacuations, and no injuries were reported.

Right now, the Crow River is just shy of 21 feet. That's the level it is supposed to crest at by Tuesday.

Mayor Dale Graunke says if they've learned anything these past few days, water levels and crest projections are a moving, changing target.

"It's just a waiting game," Graunke said.

See river flood forecasts here.

On Tuesday, June 24, Gov. Mark Dayton plans to meet with Wright County emergency managers and local elected officials at Delano City Hall.

Meanwhile, the Fourth of July volunteers are also working hard to make what's known as Minnesota's oldest Fourth of July celebration another success, according to a tweet from the city.

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