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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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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) 20.39 ft on 04/24/2023 (P)
(5) 20.30 ft on 03/21/2010
(6) 20.00 ft on 03/28/2011
(7) 19.95 ft on 04/15/2001
(8) 19.25 ft on 04/08/1997
(9) 19.23 ft on 03/28/2019
(10) 18.85 ft on 04/30/2001
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 20.39 ft on 04/24/2023 (P)
(2) 14.92 ft on 05/19/2022
(3) 9.85 ft on 03/30/2021
(4) 15.31 ft on 04/04/2020
(5) 16.50 ft on 03/13/2020
(6) 16.78 ft on 06/01/2019
(7) 19.23 ft on 03/28/2019
(8) 16.31 ft on 04/27/2018
(9) 17.56 ft on 10/11/2017
(10) 16.68 ft on 08/21/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 4.41 ft on 12/18/2023
(2) 4.56 ft on 10/10/2022
(3) 4.75 ft on 10/05/2012
(4) 4.76 ft on 07/23/2009
(5) 4.86 ft on 10/06/2008
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25 Water may reach top of improved levee at 2nd and River Streets.
24.95 Water begins to flow over the levee on the west side of town.
21.85 Water may begin to flow over the bridge on Bridge Street.
20.3 Water seeps through east bank along N River Street/CR 17.
20 Flooding occurs on 90th St SE and approaches County Rd 17 by 20.5 ft.
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 Lowlands on the southwest portion of Delano begin 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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