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Des Plaines River near Des Plaines Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: -1.51 ft at 7:00PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 7:15PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 7:30PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 7:45PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 8:00PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 8:15PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.5 ft at 8:30PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.5 ft at 8:45PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 9:00PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.5 ft at 9:15PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.5 ft at 9:30PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.52 ft at 9:45PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.5 ft at 10:00PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 10:15PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 10:30PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.5 ft at 10:45PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 11:00PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 11:15PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 11:30PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.5 ft at 11:45PM Oct 27, 2014Observed: -1.51 ft at 12:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.52 ft at 12:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.52 ft at 12:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.53 ft at 12:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.53 ft at 1:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.52 ft at 1:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.52 ft at 1:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.52 ft at 1:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.53 ft at 2:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.53 ft at 2:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.53 ft at 2:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.54 ft at 2:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.53 ft at 3:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.53 ft at 3:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.53 ft at 3:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.53 ft at 3:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.54 ft at 4:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.54 ft at 4:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.54 ft at 4:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.54 ft at 4:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.54 ft at 5:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.54 ft at 5:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 5:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 5:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 6:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.54 ft at 6:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 6:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 6:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 7:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.55 ft at 7:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 7:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 7:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 8:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 8:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 8:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 8:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 9:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 9:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 9:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 9:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.56 ft at 10:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 10:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 10:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 10:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 11:00AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 11:15AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 11:30AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 11:45AM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 12:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 12:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 12:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 12:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 1:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 1:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.57 ft at 1:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 1:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 2:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 2:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 2:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 2:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 3:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 3:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 3:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.58 ft at 3:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 4:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 4:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 4:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 4:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 5:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 5:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 5:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 5:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.59 ft at 6:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 6:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 6:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 6:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 7:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 7:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 7:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 7:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 8:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 8:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 8:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 8:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 9:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.6 ft at 9:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 9:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 9:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 10:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 10:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.61 ft at 10:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 10:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 11:00PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 11:15PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 11:30PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 11:45PM Oct 28, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 12:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 12:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 12:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.62 ft at 12:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 1:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 1:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 1:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 1:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 2:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.63 ft at 2:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 2:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 2:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 3:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 3:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 3:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 3:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 4:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 4:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 4:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 4:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 5:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 5:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 5:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 5:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 6:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 6:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.64 ft at 6:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 6:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 7:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 7:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 7:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 7:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 8:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.65 ft at 8:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 8:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 8:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 9:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 9:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 9:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 9:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 10:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 10:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 10:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 10:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 11:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 11:15AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.66 ft at 11:30AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 11:45AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 12:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 12:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 12:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 12:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 1:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 1:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 1:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 1:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 2:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 2:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 2:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 2:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 3:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 3:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 3:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 3:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 4:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 4:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 4:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 4:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 5:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 5:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 5:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 5:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 6:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 6:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 6:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 6:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 7:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 7:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 7:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 7:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 8:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 8:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 8:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.67 ft at 8:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 9:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 9:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 9:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 9:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 10:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 10:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 10:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 10:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 11:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 11:15PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.68 ft at 11:30PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 11:45PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 12:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 12:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 12:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 12:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 1:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 1:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 1:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.69 ft at 1:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 2:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 2:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 2:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 2:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.7 ft at 3:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 3:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 3:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 3:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 4:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 4:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 4:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 4:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 5:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 5:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 5:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 5:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 6:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 6:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 6:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.71 ft at 6:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 7:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 7:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 7:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 7:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 8:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.73 ft at 8:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.72 ft at 8:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.73 ft at 8:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.73 ft at 9:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.73 ft at 9:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.73 ft at 9:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.74 ft at 9:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.73 ft at 10:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.73 ft at 10:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.74 ft at 10:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.73 ft at 10:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.73 ft at 11:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.73 ft at 11:15AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.74 ft at 11:30AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.74 ft at 11:45AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.74 ft at 12:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.74 ft at 12:15PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.74 ft at 12:30PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.74 ft at 12:45PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 1:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 1:15PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 1:30PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.74 ft at 1:45PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 2:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 2:15PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 2:30PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 2:45PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 3:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 3:15PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 3:30PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.76 ft at 3:45PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 4:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.76 ft at 4:15PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.76 ft at 4:30PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.76 ft at 4:45PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.76 ft at 5:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 5:15PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.75 ft at 5:30PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: -1.76 ft at 5:45PM Oct 30, 2014USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesDSPI2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (6:50PM Oct 30, 2014)ObservedLatest observed value: -1.76 ft at 5:45 PM CDT 30-Oct-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: 42.087222° N, Longitude: 87.887222° 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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** IMPORTANT ** Effective November 14 2014...The gage zero datum at this USGS streamgage will be changed by 10.0 feet. At that time, all river stages, existing flood thresholds, and impacts will be increased by 10 feet. For example, flood stage will change from 5.0 ft to 15.0 ft on 11/14/14.

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