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Mississippi River at Alma Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 5 ft at 6:00AM Feb 04, 2016Observed: 4.96 ft at 4:00PM Feb 04, 2016Observed: 4.92 ft at 8:00PM Feb 04, 2016Observed: 4.91 ft at 12:00AM Feb 05, 2016Observed: 4.9 ft at 4:00AM Feb 05, 2016Observed: 4.9 ft at 6:00AM Feb 05, 2016Observed: 4.9 ft at 8:00AM Feb 05, 2016Observed: 4.84 ft at 12:00PM Feb 05, 2016Observed: 4.86 ft at 4:00PM Feb 05, 2016Observed: 4.85 ft at 8:00PM Feb 05, 2016Observed: 4.85 ft at 12:00AM Feb 06, 2016Observed: 4.84 ft at 4:00AM Feb 06, 2016Observed: 4.84 ft at 6:00AM Feb 06, 2016Observed: 4.84 ft at 8:00AM Feb 06, 2016Observed: 4.86 ft at 12:00PM Feb 06, 2016Observed: 4.88 ft at 4:00PM Feb 06, 2016ALMW3(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (4:30AM Feb 7, 2016)ObservedLatest observed value: 4.88 ft at 4:00 PM CST 6-Feb-2016. Flood Stage is 16 ft
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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 Mississippi River at Alma are issued routinely during the warm season, and as needed at other times of the year.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 18
Moderate Flood Stage: 17
Flood Stage: 16
Action Stage: 10
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 19.78 ft on 04/19/1965
(2) 18.15 ft on 04/16/2001
(3) 17.53 ft on 04/18/1969
(4) 16.30 ft on 04/18/1952
(5) 16.20 ft on 04/16/1951
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 14.75 ft on 04/14/2011
(2) 12.34 ft on 09/29/2010
(3) 18.15 ft on 04/16/2001
(4) 15.60 ft on 04/11/1997
(5) 14.93 ft on 06/25/1993
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.40 ft on 01/22/1944
(2) 1.83 ft on 12/12/1960
(3) 2.61 ft on 07/22/1936
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20 Water reaches the top of the protective earthen dike.
19.8 The water reaches the flood of record set in 1965.
16.5 Agriculture and recreational land is flooded.
16 Lock gates and walls at Dam 4 go under water.
15.5 Lock and Dam 4 is closed to navigation.
(1) Downstream view at Alma, September 11th, 2012, Stage = 4.47 ft
(2) Upstream view at Alma, September 11th, 2012, Stage = 4.47 ft
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Latitude: 44.326389° N, Longitude: 91.919167° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 16 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 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other 656 ft 672 ft U.S. Army Corps of Engineers utilizes the 1912 Datum
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