River crest now expected Thursday, March 18
By Ryan Gueningsman
Good news came from the National Weather Service Friday morning as it lowered its projection of the height of the Crow River in Delano by 1 foot.
Yesterday, the Weather Service was predicting the river to rise to 19.8 feet by Monday or Tuesday of next week. As of Friday at noon, the river is projected to hit a high point of 18.8 feet between Wednesday and Friday.
Its current level, as of 6 a.m. Friday, is 9.88 feet, which is up from just over 8 feet reported earlier in the week.
As of 10:45 a.m. Friday morning, the City of Delano began compiling contact information for volunteers willing to assist with sandbagging efforts, and will make arrangements with pre-registered volunteers when these efforts become necessary.
If you are physically able and willing to help in this effort contact Delano City Hall by filling out the form at http://www.delano.mn.us/sitepages/pid829.php or call (763) 972-0550 to be added to the volunteer list.
All volunteers will be required to sign a release and waiver of liability of participation and all minors must have parental consent.
Forecast from the National Weather Service
As of Friday, just after noon, the National Weather Service calls for a chance of rain and drizzle for the remainder of the day into the evening hours.
Saturday, it is forecasting a 30 percent chance of rain or drizzle throughout the day and into the evening hours. During the day hours Sunday, the Weather Service is also forecasting a 30 percent chance of rain, with a 20 percent chance of rain at night.
Monday sees a slight chance for rain, while Tuesday is forecasted to be partly sunny with a high temperature around 45 degrees.