The National Weather Service has released updated data concerning the potential for flooding in the Rockford and Delano areas along the Crow River. As of Friday, both areas were projected to reach moderate flood levels, but with rapid melting of snow this week and rain and snow expected to continue throughout the weekend, the flood forecast has changed.
The South Fork of the Crow River is expected to reach major flood level (18.5 feet) Sunday night into Monday and the current projection is that the water levels will crest at 20.2 feet late Monday into Tuesday and remain above major flood level until Saturday, April 22.
The Crow River in Rockford is expected to hit major flood stage (14 feet) Monday night into Tuesday and crest at 16 feet Wednesday night into Thursday. River levels are expected to remain above major flood stage through next weekend.
The Wright County Highway Department is on standby if roads in the Delano and Rockford areas need to be closed to traffic. Plans are in place for sandbagging if it required. Drivers are strongly advised not to drive through water covered roads because if the water is deep enough cars can lose contact with the road and create danger to drivers and passengers, especially given how cold the water is.
We will provide updates as the river levels get closer to major flood stage. For more information and to see updates as they’re posted, click here: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=mpx&gage=rkfm5