By Ryan Gueningsman
As of 7:00 a.m. Monday morning, the Crow River in Delano had risen to 13.16 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
Flood stage is 16.5 feet, and the river is projected to hit 19.1 feet Friday or Saturday, according to the Weather Service.
At 6 a.m. Friday, the river was at 9.88 feet, which was up from just over 8 feet reported earlier last week, which means the river is rising.
The Delano City Council called an emergency meeting Thursday night to discuss preparations and plans for the rising water. Friday, some sandbagging was done in several spots in town, and over the weekend, officials monitored the river, but no additional action was needed.
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 if additional efforts become necessary.
If you are physically able and willing to help 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 list. All volunteers will be required to sign a release and waiver of liability of participation and all minors must have parental consent.