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Red River of the North at Fargo Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesFGON8(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (2:47PM Jul 24, 2014)ObservedLatest observed value: 16.74 ft at 2:15 PM CDT 24-Jul-2014. Flood Stage is 18 ft
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NOTE: Gauge awaiting repair - automated readings are not available at this time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Red River of the North at Fargo are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage:30
Moderate Flood Stage:25
Flood Stage:18
Action Stage:17

Historical Crests
(1) 40.84 ft on 03/28/2009
(2) 39.72 ft on 04/18/1997
(3) 39.10 ft on 04/07/1897
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.00 ft on 01/01/1932
(2) 0.00 ft on 09/30/1970
(3) 0.00 ft on 10/01/1970
(4) 0.00 ft on 10/10/1976
(5) 5.30 ft on 12/02/1910

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45 Fargo...Top of VA Medical Center's flood Wall.
43 Fargo...Top elevation of 4th Street permanent levee.
42 Fargo...2013 Top of emergency CLAY levee.
40.82 Record Crest March 28, 2009 (instantaneous measurement).
40 Moorhead...Red River is lapping at the base of the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center.Fargo...2013 Top of emergency SANDBAG levee.
37 Fargo...Convent Bridge at 52nd Avenue South is closed.
36.29 Fargo...Clearance height of 1st Avenue bridge.
36 Fargo...Sandbagging starts if the river is forecast to rise above 38 feet.
35 Moorhead...Actions taken to prevent storm sewers from backing up.
34.4 Fargo...Northern-Pacific...Center Avenue bridge clearance.
33 Fargo..1979 Design top of dike at El Zagel golf course. Moorhead...Start diking to protect the Hjemkomst Center.
32.5 Fargo...Bridge at 1st Avenue and 2nd Street North closed for construction of temporary dike on 2nd Street. 1st Avenue North bridge across Red river closed for construction of temporary dike across 1st Avenue North. Moorhead...1st Avenue North bridge is closed.
31 Moorhead...1st Avenue North underpass is closed.
30 Major Flood Stage. Fargo...Flooding at 2nd and 3rd Avenue North areas. 2nd Street South closed between Main Avenue and 4th Street. Temporary dike constructed on Oak Street dikefrom 87th Av. N to 11th Av. N. Moorhead...Water crosses entrance road to Gooseberry Mounds Park.
28 Fargo...F-M toll bridge over RRN closed (12th Avenue N). Construction begins on the dike to protect sewage treatment plant if forecast is above 34 feet. Moorhead...F-M toll bridge over RRN closed (15th Avenue North).
25 Moderate Flood Stage.Fargo...City Parks and Recreation areas along the river begin to flood.
24 Fargo...2nd Street N closes between 1st and 6th Avenue North for construction of temporary dike that protects City Hall if the river is forecast to rise above 31 feet.
23 Fargo...North Broadway bridge floods.
22 Fargo...North Broadway bridge is closed.
19 Fargo...Low-level dam south of Main Avenue is underwater.
18 Flood Warning Stage...minor. Fargo...Elm St between 14th and 15th Avenue N is closed.
17.7 Fargo...Sanitary Sewers affected.Pump station at Island Park is started.
17 Forecast Service Stage. Fargo...Water rises to the edge of the bike path at El Zagel bowl along Elm StreetNorth between 14th and 15th Avenues.Bankfull Stage.
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Latitude: 46.861111° N, Longitude: 96.783333° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 18 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 29 861.8 ft 879.8 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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