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Crow River Crests, but Delano Flooding Problems Continue

Updated: 06/25/2014 7:25 AM
Created: 06/24/2014 12:10 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The Crow River has crested, but the city of Delano's problems are far from over.

The National Weather Service observed the Crow River in Delano reaching its crest at 21.2 feet early Tuesday morning. The water is now starting to recede, but the city is still left wondering how to clean up the damage left behind. Along the river, roads are eroding due to receding water, and 50-year-old levees are strained.

The mayor of Delano says the city has already spent 10 percent of its annual budget in the past five days. This money has gone towards sandbags, equipment and overtime for workers trying to keep the flood waters off the roads and out of homes and businesses.

Gov. Mark Dayton visited the city Tuesday morning. He advised logging every penny and saving every receipt for costs towards flood control.

If counties don't qualify for federal help from FEMA, there is still some state money. The legislature approved $3 million to go directly to disaster relief this past session.

However, at a meeting in Delano with the governor, emergency managers expressed concern $3 million won't be enough to help the state recover from the floods.

"If we need a special session to either fill those gaps or to provide a solution for state funds, in the past we've had excellent bipartisan cooperation," Dayton said Tuesday in Delano. "I say when you get a disaster like this, we're not Republicans or Democrats. We're all Minnesotans."

Delano was the first stop in the governor's tour around the metro. He also visited Chaska, Belle Plaine and Mendota on Tuesday.

"There's a lot of human suffering, and its very painful, yet people are very resilient and very strong in an emergency," Dayton said. "They help people. Neighbors and friends and even complete strangers. It's really extraordinary."


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