NEW ULM, Minn - The city of New Ulm's emergency management is closely monitoring current flooding of the Minnesota and Cottonwood Rivers while preparing for future river cresting. 
 
Flooding is common this time of year along the rivers in New Ulm with impacts considered minimal thanks to a levy constructed along the Minnesota River and a change in the roadway near the Cottonwood.
 
"The Cottonwood River historically has a built-in overflow over Cottonwood Street and it takes the pressure off the bridge and that's designed that way so in the big scheme, it's designed to flood, the question is just how high," New Ulm City Manager Brian Gramentz said.

Gramentz believes the Cottonwood River will begin receding in a day or two, with an expected crest at around 18-19 feet.
 
"Most of the homes in that area, except for one down on Cottonwood Street are at like 23 feet so we've got four or five feet, nothing to be too concerned about. There is one property owner that is the lowest there and we expect that to get within twelve inches," Gramentz added.
 
Meanwhile, drivers are encouraged to take caution while traveling and follow assigned detours. Any changes in flooding impacts will be addressed promptly and shared as soon as possible.

--KEYC News 12.