Heavy rain impacts Crow River levels

On Monday, May 28 at 9:34 a.m., the National Weather Service in Chanhassen issued a flood warning for the Crow River at Rockford beginning Tuesday a.m., May 29, and until further notice.

At 8:30 a.m. on May 28, minor flooding was forecast at 9.3 feet. Flood stage is predicted at some points in the city at 10 feet. At this time, predictions by the service put high water at 11 feet by Thursday, May 31, in the evening. This would result in some minor flooding in low-lying areas and possible roadways along the river. This forecast is based on recent heavy rains, with additional, lighter rainfall being projected.

Rockford Fire Chief Ben Sanderson, reached for comment, said that the city’s public works department is monitoring storm water levels and is prepared to act if it becomes necessary. He added that, although there is no indication at this time that Rockford will experience a major flooding event, the fire department is keeping an eye on conditions and is prepared to act with portable pumps, trailers and manpower should the situation warrant it.

At Delano, the Crow River had reached 15.1 feet by 9:30 a.m., Monday. The NWS said the river might reach minor flood stage of 16.5 feet by Wednesday evening. The predicted 16.5-foot crest would be well below the top five crests recorded for the river at Delano. They have ranged from 19.95 feet in 2001 to 23.25 feet in 1965.

The NWS said Monday afternoon, "This river forecast is based on the past several days of rain. More recently on Sunday, many areas received an average of one to two inches of rain." The Weather Service expected an additional .25 inches of rain Sunday night.