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South Fork Crow River at Delano Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)MN DNR Division of Ecological and Water ResourcesDAWM5(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (2:45AM Feb 18, 2018)
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: Gauge reading may be affected by ice.

NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 48 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the South Fork Crow River at Delano are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 18.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 17.5
Flood Stage: 16.5
Action Stage: 11.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 23.25 ft on 04/14/1965
(2) 21.02 ft on 06/24/2014
(3) 20.45 ft on 04/12/1969
(4) 20.30 ft on 03/21/2010
(5) 20.00 ft on 03/28/2011
(6) 19.95 ft on 04/15/2001
(7) 19.25 ft on 04/08/1997
(8) 18.85 ft on 04/30/2001
(9) 18.75 ft on 06/25/1993
(10) 18.75 ft on 09/16/1991
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 17.56 ft on 10/11/2017 (P)
(2) 16.68 ft on 08/21/2016 (P)
(3) 11.05 ft on 05/25/2015
(4) 21.02 ft on 06/24/2014
(5) 17.03 ft on 06/09/2014
(6) 17.90 ft on 06/29/2013
(7) 17.17 ft on 06/25/2012
(8) 16.76 ft on 05/31/2012
(9) 18.65 ft on 04/08/2011
(10) 20.00 ft on 03/28/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 4.86 ft on 10/08/2001

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24.95 Water begins to flow over the dike on the west side of town.
21.85 Water may begin to flow over the bridge on Bridge Street.
21.05 Water begins to flow over the dike on the east side of the river at Second Street.
20.3 Water seeps through east bank along N River Street/CR 17.
18.95 Sanitary sewers may need plugging at this stage to prevent water from backing up into homes.
18.5 When river reaches 18.5 ft and is rising, flood walls may be installed on both sides of Bridge Ave in Delano.
18.35 The southwest part of Delano begins to experience flooding.
16.85 Storms sewers may need plugging to prevent river water from backing up into city streets.
15.35 Water begins encroaching on Mill Avenue north of Watertown.
14.85 Basement flooding may begin at homes close to the river.
(1) Upstream from east side of bridge
(2) Upstream from west side of bridge during high water
(3) From gage location on west bank
(4) 2014 flood, at base of bridge
(5) 2014 high water, east side of river
(6) Looking Upriver
(7) Looking Downriver
(8) Gage Bridge
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Latitude: 45.041944° N, Longitude: 93.789722° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 16.5 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 900.00 ft 916.5 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  
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