Delano Set to Take Down Temporary Levees along Crow River

Updated: 06/30/2014 5:18 AM
Created: 06/29/2014 8:08 PM
By: Ellen Galles

What a difference a few days have made in Delano. Last week the city was prepping for disaster, this week it's prepping for its annual Fourth of July celebration.

Beginning Monday morning, officials will start pulling some of the pumps and hoses and deconstructing the temporary levees they've built along the Crow River. This will open some of the key roadways, including County Road 17.

Mayor Dale Graunke says he's relieved.

"You go to sleep at night and you just hope you don't get that phone call, that the levees hold up, that nobody gets hurt," he said.

Delano's Fourth of July celebration is the largest and oldest in Minnesota.

The mayor says the city's festivities will go on as planned, despite some soggy patches in the city park where the festivities will be held.

Flood-weary residents say they are ready to celebrate.

"We need to enjoy summer now. We need to get back to whatever normal is.  Let's get out the 4th of July streamers," said resident Michael Windsperger.

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