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Mississippi River at La Crescent Tailwater (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 635.79 ft at 4:00AM Jul 20, 2014Highest Observation: 635.79 ft at 6:00AM Jul 20, 2014Highest Observation: 635.79 ft at 8:00AM Jul 20, 2014Observed: 635.69 ft at 12:00PM Jul 20, 2014Observed: 635.68 ft at 4:00PM Jul 20, 2014Observed: 635.66 ft at 8:00PM Jul 20, 2014Observed: 635.65 ft at 12:00AM Jul 21, 2014Observed: 635.65 ft at 4:00AM Jul 21, 2014Observed: 635.64 ft at 6:00AM Jul 21, 2014Observed: 635.64 ft at 8:00AM Jul 21, 2014Observed: 635.51 ft at 12:00PM Jul 21, 2014Observed: 635.48 ft at 4:00PM Jul 21, 2014Observed: 635.3 ft at 8:00PM Jul 21, 2014Observed: 635.28 ft at 12:00AM Jul 22, 2014Observed: 635.18 ft at 4:00AM Jul 22, 2014Observed: 635.24 ft at 6:00AM Jul 22, 2014Observed: 635.24 ft at 8:00AM Jul 22, 2014Observed: 635.04 ft at 12:00PM Jul 22, 2014Observed: 634.82 ft at 4:00PM Jul 22, 2014Highest Forecast: 635 ft 1:00AM Jul 23, 2014Forecast: 634.9 ft 7:00AM Jul 23, 2014Forecast: 634.8 ft 1:00PM Jul 23, 2014Forecast: 634.7 ft 7:00PM Jul 23, 2014Forecast: 634.7 ft 1:00AM Jul 24, 2014Forecast: 634.6 ft 7:00AM Jul 24, 2014Forecast: 634.6 ft 1:00PM Jul 24, 2014Forecast: 634.5 ft 7:00PM Jul 24, 2014Forecast: 634.5 ft 1:00AM Jul 25, 2014Forecast: 634.4 ft 7:00AM Jul 25, 2014Forecast: 634.4 ft 1:00PM Jul 25, 2014Forecast: 634.3 ft 7:00PM Jul 25, 2014Forecast: 634.2 ft 1:00AM Jul 26, 2014Forecast: 634.1 ft 7:00AM Jul 26, 2014Forecast: 634 ft 1:00PM Jul 26, 2014Forecast: 633.9 ft 7:00PM Jul 26, 2014Forecast: 633.8 ft 1:00AM Jul 27, 2014Forecast: 633.8 ft 7:00AM Jul 27, 2014Forecast: 633.7 ft 1:00PM Jul 27, 2014Forecast: 633.6 ft 7:00PM Jul 27, 2014Forecast: 633.5 ft 1:00AM Jul 28, 2014Forecast: 633.4 ft 7:00AM Jul 28, 2014Forecast: 633.3 ft 1:00PM Jul 28, 2014Forecast: 633.3 ft 7:00PM Jul 28, 2014Forecast: 633.2 ft 1:00AM Jul 29, 2014Forecast: 633.1 ft 7:00AM Jul 29, 2014LCRM5(plotting HTIRZ) Graph Created (12:15AM Jul 23, 2014)ObservedForecast (issued 9:11AM Jul 22)Latest observed value: 634.82 ft at 4:00 PM CDT 22-Jul-2014. Flood Stage is 641 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 Crescent 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:645
Moderate Flood Stage:643
Flood Stage:641
Action Stage:638

Historical Crests
(1) 647.38 ft on 04/21/1965
(2) 645.20 ft on 04/18/2001
(3) 644.87 ft on 04/20/1969
(4) 644.30 ft on 04/20/1952
(5) 643.85 ft on 04/19/1951
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 625.25 ft on 07/31/1936
(2) 628.60 ft on 01/01/1937
(3) 629.51 ft on 10/04/1947
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649 Water begins to flow over the protective earthen levees.
647.48 Water levels reach the flood of record.
647 Water begins to flow over the lock gates and walls.
646.5 Lock and dam 7 goes out of operation.
(1) Upstream View, Sept 20, 2005
(2) Downstream View, Sept 20, 2005
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Latitude: 43.865833° N, Longitude: 91.310000° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 629.5 ft 641 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 629.5)
(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 629.5 ft 641 ft U.S. Army Corps of Engineers utilizes the 1912 Datum.
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