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Mississippi River at La Crosse Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 6.38 ft at 9:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.37 ft at 11:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.33 ft at 1:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.28 ft at 2:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.22 ft at 3:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.17 ft at 4:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.12 ft at 5:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.09 ft at 6:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.07 ft at 7:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.05 ft at 8:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.05 ft at 9:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.04 ft at 10:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.02 ft at 11:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 6.02 ft at 12:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 6 ft at 1:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 6 ft at 2:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.99 ft at 3:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.99 ft at 4:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.98 ft at 5:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.98 ft at 6:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.97 ft at 7:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.96 ft at 8:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.95 ft at 10:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.94 ft at 2:00PM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.94 ft at 3:00PM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.89 ft at 4:00PM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.84 ft at 5:00PM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.82 ft at 6:00PM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.8 ft at 7:00PM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.79 ft at 10:00PM Jul 29, 2014Observed: 5.78 ft at 1:00AM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.78 ft at 4:00AM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.77 ft at 7:00AM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.77 ft at 11:00AM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.79 ft at 12:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.8 ft at 1:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.79 ft at 2:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.76 ft at 3:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.75 ft at 4:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.76 ft at 5:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.76 ft at 6:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.76 ft at 7:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.76 ft at 8:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.77 ft at 9:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.77 ft at 10:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.78 ft at 11:00PM Jul 30, 2014Observed: 5.78 ft at 12:00AM Jul 31, 2014Observed: 5.78 ft at 1:00AM Jul 31, 2014Observed: 5.78 ft at 2:00AM Jul 31, 2014Observed: 5.78 ft at 3:00AM Jul 31, 2014Observed: 5.78 ft at 4:00AM Jul 31, 2014Observed: 5.78 ft at 5:00AM Jul 31, 2014Observed: 5.78 ft at 6:00AM Jul 31, 2014Observed: 5.77 ft at 7:00AM Jul 31, 2014Observed: 5.77 ft at 8:00AM Jul 31, 2014Highest Forecast: 5.7 ft 1:00PM Jul 31, 2014Highest Forecast: 5.7 ft 7:00PM Jul 31, 2014Highest Forecast: 5.7 ft 1:00AM Aug 01, 2014Forecast: 5.6 ft 7:00AM Aug 01, 2014Forecast: 5.6 ft 1:00PM Aug 01, 2014Forecast: 5.5 ft 7:00PM Aug 01, 2014Forecast: 5.5 ft 1:00AM Aug 02, 2014Forecast: 5.5 ft 7:00AM Aug 02, 2014Forecast: 5.4 ft 1:00PM Aug 02, 2014Forecast: 5.4 ft 7:00PM Aug 02, 2014Forecast: 5.4 ft 1:00AM Aug 03, 2014Forecast: 5.4 ft 7:00AM Aug 03, 2014Forecast: 5.4 ft 1:00PM Aug 03, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 7:00PM Aug 03, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 1:00AM Aug 04, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 7:00AM Aug 04, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 1:00PM Aug 04, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 7:00PM Aug 04, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 1:00AM Aug 05, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 7:00AM Aug 05, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 1:00PM Aug 05, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 7:00PM Aug 05, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 1:00AM Aug 06, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 7:00AM Aug 06, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 1:00PM Aug 06, 2014Forecast: 5.3 ft 7:00PM Aug 06, 2014LACW3(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (8:30AM Jul 31, 2014)ObservedForecast (issued 8:29PM Jul 30)Latest observed value: 5.77 ft at 8:00 AM CDT 31-Jul-2014. Flood Stage is 12 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 24 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Mississippi River at La Crosse 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:15.5
Moderate Flood Stage:13
Flood Stage:12
Action Stage:10

Historical Crests
(1) 17.96 ft on 04/22/1965
(2) 16.41 ft on 04/18/2001
(3) 15.70 ft on 04/20/1969
(4) 15.30 ft on 04/20/1952
(5) 15.01 ft on 04/12/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 2.70 ft on 01/20/1945
(2) 2.83 ft on 02/05/1944
(3) 3.00 ft on 10/05/1947
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19.3 Water reaches the top of the dike on the Wisconsin side of the river.
18 The road to the La Crosse airport may experience flooding.
17.89 Water reaches the record flood level set in 1965.
17 Interstate 90 between exit 3 and the Minnesota border may be closed.
16.5 Most of Riverside park is now flooded...With water up state street in the park one block. Rose street and Clinton streets may need to be closed.
16 Water is within one foot of Rose street near interstate 90 and the eastbound I-90 exit is closed. La Fond street on French Island is closed. East and west bound lanes on Clinton street between La Crosse and French Island are reduced to two lanes with one lane closed in each direction. The shelter and ball parks in Copeland park may be flooded.
15.4 Lock and dam 7 becomes inoperative.
15 Flooding begins to impact the Viterbo sports complex.
14.5 Goose Island park begins to flood.
14 Flooding begins to threaten homes in the shore acres area. Water begins to impact homes and businesses along La Fond avenue and Bainbridge street on French Island. Water begins to go over the road at Copeland park with some water into the ball parks. Water is near the bottom of the Pettibone beach house shelter and water is nearly over the road at Houska park near the wastewater treatment plant. Water also begins to spread into Riverside park.
13.5 Water goes over the road in the 600 block of Shore Acres Road.
12 Pettibone campground and RV park is flooded. Road access to the north end of the Shore Acres development is impacted by flooding. Some lowland flooding occurs in other areas near the river.
10.5 Water begins to go over the Riverside Park boat mooring platform.
10 No wake rules for boating are in effect, and recreational trails on the north end of the marsh area will closed due to high water.
Photos
(1) Upstream View, Apr 18, 2006
(2) Downstream View, Apr 18, 2006
(3) Upstream View from Riverside Park, Apr 18, 2006
(4) Downstream View from Riverside Park, Apr 18, 2006
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Latitude: 43.801111° N, Longitude: 91.258611° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 12 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
Elevation
(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 626.32 ft 638.32 ft U.S. Army Corps of Engineers utilizes the 1912 Datum

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