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Little Sioux River at Cherokee Stage (ft)Flow (cfs)Iowa Flood CenterCHKI4(plotting HGIR5) Graph Created (4:18AM Jan 22, 2017)Flood Stage is 17 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: Gauge reading may be affected by ice.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Little Sioux River at Cherokee 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: 24
Moderate Flood Stage: 21
Flood Stage: 17
Action Stage: 15
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 27.90 ft on 05/27/2013
(2) 27.30 ft on 06/27/2010
(3) 27.20 ft on 04/07/1965
(4) 27.08 ft on 07/18/1993
(5) 25.70 ft on 01/01/1891
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 25.55 ft on 06/19/2014
(2) 27.90 ft on 05/27/2013
(3) 22.70 ft on 07/19/2011
(4) 27.30 ft on 06/27/2010
(5) 20.50 ft on 03/21/2007
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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29 Water reaches the IFC sensor feed-horn
27 Numerous homes and businesses are isolated or flooded in Cherokee, and Highway 59 south of Cherokee is flooded.
24 County Highway C38E is closed due to flooding, and the water reaches the northwest corner of 2nd Street and Beech Street in Cherokee. Water also reaches the front of the B&H feed store. County Road C44 between Highway 159 and County Road L56 is flooded.
23 Some areas in the extreme southeast corner of Cherokee will begin to flood.
22.5 Highway 59 south of Cherokee begins to get water over the road.
22 East Main Street on the far east end of Cherokee begins flooding.
21 Old Highway 5 East begins to flood, and some homes, businesses, and roads in Cherokee begin flooding.
19 The north bank of the river overflows.
18 Cherokee city park begins to flood on the south bank of the river.
17 Minor lowland flooding begins, and Cherokee County Rescue mobilizes and sets up the flood control center.
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Latitude: 42.744722° N, Longitude: 95.549444° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 17 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 1150 ft 1167 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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