In Delano, Minnesota, the threat of flooding is a spring ritual. Unfortunately, 2013 may bring that threat to a higher degree. The water level of the Crow River is already rapidly rising and close to record levels.
Local residents along the Crow River have already begun to prepare for the water invading their homes like an unwanted and destructive force. Paul Youngstadt has a home right on the river and has already begun unloading the contents of his house away from the imminent damage. He actually has a small fishing boat on his lawn that is already floating.
The river is at an all-time high for this time of the year just a stone’s throw from Youngstadt’s house. The river is already expected to crest sometime this week.
"Downstream that bubble of water will move toward Watertown and Delano, and the Crow River at Delano is now forecast to rise about another two feet, and then crest late Friday or into Saturday at 19.5 feet," MPR News’ Chief Met