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Heavy Rains Push Crow River From its Banks

Moderate flooding is expected the next few days in Rockford and Delano as the Crow River rises.

The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a River Flood Warning for the Crow River as it passes through Wright County communities like Delano and Rockford, south and west of St. Michael. 

The Crow River will rise more than a foot and a half in Rockford this week, peaking at about 10.8 feet on Wednesday or Thursday. That could change with rain in the forecast next weekend, but an overall dry stretch is set to arrive in Wright County over the next 10 days. 

At 10 feet, low lying areas and some roads along the river begin to experience flooding.

In contrast, though, the river hit 13.8 feet in April 2011, a top 10 flood for Rockford. 

At Delano, the river should crest at about 16.5 feet later this week, which is high enough to cause basement problems for home nearest the river.

Farther south, County Road 123 near Watertown is under water due to river flooding.  

Closer to home, the canoe landing is currently open, but residents are advised to use caution if hitting the water. The flow rate has risen considerably with the more than 8 inches of rain that has fallen this month. 

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