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Des Plaines River near Des Plaines Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: -1.55 ft at 3:45AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.54 ft at 4:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 4:15AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 4:30AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 4:45AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 5:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 5:15AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 5:30AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 5:45AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 6:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 6:15AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 6:30AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 6:45AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 7:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 7:15AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 7:30AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 7:45AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 8:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 8:15AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 8:30AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 8:45AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 9:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 9:15AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 9:30AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 9:45AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 10:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 10:15AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 10:30AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 10:45AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 11:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 11:15AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 11:30AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 11:45AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 12:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 12:15PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 12:30PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 12:45PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 1:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 1:15PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 1:30PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 1:45PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 2:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 2:15PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 2:30PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 2:45PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 3:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 3:15PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 3:30PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 3:45PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 4:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 4:15PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 4:30PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 4:45PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 5:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 5:15PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 5:30PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 5:45PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 6:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 6:15PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 6:30PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 6:45PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 7:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 7:15PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 7:30PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 7:45PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 8:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 8:15PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 8:30PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 8:45PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 9:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 9:15PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 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3:30AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 3:45AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 4:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 4:15AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 4:30AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 4:45AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 5:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 5:15AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 5:30AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 5:45AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 6:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 6:15AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 6:30AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 6:45AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 7:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 7:15AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 7:30AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 7:45AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 8:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 8:15AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 8:30AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 8:45AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 9:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 9:15AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 9:30AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 9:45AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 10:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 10:15AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 10:30AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 10:45AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 11:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 11:15AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 11:30AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 11:45AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 12:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 12:15PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 12:30PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 12:45PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 1:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 1:15PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 1:30PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 1:45PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 2:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 2:15PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 2:30PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 2:45PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 3:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 3:15PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 3:30PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 3:45PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 4:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 4:15PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 4:30PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 4:45PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 5:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 5:15PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 5:30PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 5:45PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 6:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 6:15PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 6:30PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 6:45PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 7:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 7:15PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 7:30PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 7:45PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 8:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 8:15PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 8:30PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 8:45PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 9:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 9:15PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 9:30PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 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-1.65 ft at 3:45AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 4:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 4:15AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 4:30AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 4:45AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 5:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 5:15AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 5:30AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 5:45AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 6:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 6:15AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 6:30AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 6:45AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 7:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 7:15AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 7:30AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 7:45AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 8:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 8:15AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 8:30AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 8:45AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 9:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 9:15AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 9:30AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 9:45AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 10:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 10:15AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 10:30AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 10:45AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 11:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 11:15AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 11:30AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 11:45AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 12:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 12:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 12:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 12:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 1:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 1:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 1:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 1:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 2:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 2:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 2:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 2:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 3:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 3:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 3:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 3:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 4:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 4:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 4:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 4:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 5:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 5:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 5:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 5:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 6:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 6:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 6:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 6:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 7:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 7:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 7:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 7:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 8:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 8:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 8:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 8:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 9:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 9:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 9:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 9:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 10:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 10:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 10:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 10:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 11:00PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 11:15PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 11:30PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 11:45PM Jul 28, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 12:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 12:15AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 12:30AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 12:45AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 1:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 1:15AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 1:30AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 1:45AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 2:00AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 2:15AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 2:30AM Jul 29, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 2:45AM Jul 29, 2014USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesDSPI2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (3:35AM Jul 29, 2014)ObservedLatest observed value: -1.71 ft at 2:45 AM CDT 29-Jul-2014. Flood Stage is 5 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 Des Plaines River near Des Plaines 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:9
Moderate Flood Stage:8
Flood Stage:5
Action Stage:4.5

Historical Crests
(1) 10.92 ft on 04/19/2013
(2) 10.88 ft on 10/01/1986
(3) 10.00 ft on 09/14/2008
(4) 8.77 ft on 08/14/1987
(5) 8.67 ft on 05/21/1996
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.

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10 Flooding affects large areas near the river with numerous homes impacted.
8.6 Melrose Park - 1st Avenue pump station floods.
8.5 Flood waters affect residential areas of Big Bend Drive, Mason Lane, River Road, and Howard.
7 Water on pavement of 1700 block of Busse Highway, at River Rd and Gregory, Central Road, and Big Bend Drive.
5.5 Water reaches some backyards along Big Bend Drive.
5 Roads in the forest preserve begin to flood.
3.5 Water overflows into campground and forest preserve.
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Latitude: 42.081667° N, Longitude: 87.890556° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 5 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 29 626.31 ft 631.31 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

Current/Historical Observations:

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** 6/13/2014...The physical location of this U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgage has changed. The gage is now located at the Euclid Ave. (West Lake Ave.) bridge, approximately 0.4 mi upstream from the previous location. The move was necessitated by the removal of Dam #2 by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources beginning on May 28, 2014. Gage height values at the new location are set based on the same datum as the old location, so all values are comparable. Concurrent data collection prior to the dam removal showed that water levels above a gage height of about 3.50 ft were very similar at both locations. Water levels below that gage height showed more variability likely due to channel variations; however the differences were still within +/- 0.25 ft over the range of flows. The overall effects of the dam removal on water levels within the area are yet to be determined.**

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