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Mississippi River at Helena Stage (ft)Highest Observation: 29.85 ft at 11:00AM May 21, 2016Highest Observation: 29.85 ft at 12:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.82 ft at 1:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.81 ft at 2:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.76 ft at 3:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.73 ft at 4:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.69 ft at 5:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.67 ft at 6:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.62 ft at 7:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.61 ft at 8:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.55 ft at 9:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.52 ft at 10:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.47 ft at 11:00PM May 21, 2016Observed: 29.45 ft at 12:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.43 ft at 1:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.38 ft at 2:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.35 ft at 3:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.3 ft at 4:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.25 ft at 5:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.23 ft at 6:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.19 ft at 7:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.14 ft at 8:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.12 ft at 9:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.06 ft at 10:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 29.02 ft at 11:00AM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.98 ft at 12:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.95 ft at 1:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.89 ft at 2:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.86 ft at 3:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.79 ft at 4:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.77 ft at 5:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.69 ft at 6:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.67 ft at 7:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.6 ft at 8:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.55 ft at 9:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.51 ft at 10:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.47 ft at 11:00PM May 22, 2016Observed: 28.4 ft at 12:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 28.35 ft at 1:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 28.31 ft at 2:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 28.27 ft at 3:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 28.2 ft at 4:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 28.15 ft at 5:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 28.08 ft at 6:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 28.05 ft at 7:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.98 ft at 8:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.92 ft at 9:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.87 ft at 10:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.8 ft at 11:00AM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.74 ft at 12:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.69 ft at 1:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.63 ft at 2:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.55 ft at 3:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.5 ft at 4:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.44 ft at 5:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.39 ft at 6:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.33 ft at 7:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.26 ft at 8:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.2 ft at 9:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.12 ft at 10:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 27.05 ft at 11:00PM May 23, 2016Observed: 26.99 ft at 12:00AM May 24, 2016Observed: 26.93 ft at 1:00AM May 24, 2016Observed: 26.87 ft at 2:00AM May 24, 2016Observed: 26.8 ft at 3:00AM May 24, 2016Observed: 26.73 ft at 4:00AM May 24, 2016Observed: 26.66 ft at 5:00AM May 24, 2016Observed: 26.59 ft at 6:00AM May 24, 2016Observed: 26.52 ft at 7:00AM May 24, 2016Observed: 26.46 ft at 8:00AM May 24, 2016Observed: 26.41 ft at 9:00AM May 24, 2016Observed: 26.36 ft at 10:00AM May 24, 2016Highest Forecast: 26.1 ft 1:00PM May 24, 2016Forecast: 25.8 ft 7:00PM May 24, 2016Forecast: 25.4 ft 1:00AM May 25, 2016Forecast: 25.1 ft 7:00AM May 25, 2016Forecast: 24.9 ft 1:00PM May 25, 2016Forecast: 24.6 ft 7:00PM May 25, 2016Forecast: 24.5 ft 1:00AM May 26, 2016Forecast: 24.4 ft 7:00AM May 26, 2016Forecast: 24.3 ft 1:00PM May 26, 2016Forecast: 24.2 ft 7:00PM May 26, 2016Forecast: 24.1 ft 1:00AM May 27, 2016Forecast: 24 ft 7:00AM May 27, 2016Forecast: 23.9 ft 1:00PM May 27, 2016Forecast: 23.9 ft 7:00PM May 27, 2016Forecast: 23.8 ft 1:00AM May 28, 2016Forecast: 23.8 ft 7:00AM May 28, 2016Forecast: 23.7 ft 1:00PM May 28, 2016Forecast: 23.7 ft 7:00PM May 28, 2016Forecast: 23.6 ft 1:00AM May 29, 2016Forecast: 23.6 ft 7:00AM May 29, 2016USACE Stages and DischargesHEEA4(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (10:45AM May 24, 2016)ObservedForecast (issued 10:18AM May 24)Latest observed value: 26.36 ft at 10:00 AM CDT 24-May-2016. Flood Stage is 44 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Mississippi River at Helena are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 55
Moderate Flood Stage: 50
Flood Stage: 44
Action Stage: 40
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 60.21 ft on 02/12/1937
(2) 56.75 ft on 04/27/1927
(3) 56.59 ft on 05/12/2011
(4) 55.20 ft on 04/22/1913
(5) 54.30 ft on 04/22/1912
(6) 53.40 ft on 02/11/1916
(7) 53.10 ft on 05/03/1922
(8) 51.75 ft on 04/04/1897
(9) 51.00 ft on 03/26/1903
(10) 50.64 ft on 04/23/1936
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 48.04 ft on 01/10/2016
(2) 41.12 ft on 07/17/2015
(3) 34.19 ft on 04/16/2014
(4) 42.94 ft on 05/13/2013
(5) 32.93 ft on 02/10/2012
(6) 56.59 ft on 05/12/2011
(7) 44.22 ft on 03/25/2011
(8) 41.63 ft on 05/13/2010
(9) 43.72 ft on 05/20/2009
(10) 47.06 ft on 04/19/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -4.20 ft on 07/11/1988
(2) -4.10 ft on 09/21/2012
(3) -3.42 ft on 01/04/2000
(4) -3.00 ft on 11/08/1895
(5) -2.95 ft on 01/17/2001
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65.3 Flood waters top the flood wall at Helena, Arkansas.
60 In Mississippi, all places on the southeast side of Desoto Lake on the old levee are flooded.
59 Water is touching the bottom of the floodwall at Helena, Arkansas.
58 Houses on the south bank of Desoto Lake in Mississippi are flooded.
53 In Mississippi, all residences and cabins along the southwest bank of Desoto Lake are flooded.
51 Loading docks not protected by levees are flooded.
48 In Mississippi, places on the southeast side of Desoto Lake are being covered.
47 In Mississippi, almost all of Island Number 67 is covered by water.
46 In Mississippi, houses at Robson Towhead are being flooded. Settlement by Old River Chutes is going under water. All houses on the northeast side of Desoto Lake are under water.
45 In Mississippi, road to houses by the river at Robson Towhead and the settlement by Old River Chute is flooded. Settlement just east of Sunflower Cutoff is flooding.
44 In Arkansas, road to landing east of Downtown Helena is flooded. In Mississippi, cabin areas east of Desoto Lake are flooding.
43 In Arkansas, road to landing east of Downtown Helena, Arkansas begins to flood. In Mississippi, places along bank of southwest side of Desoto Lake are flooding. Facility along the river north of Friar's Point is flooding.
42 In Arkansas, water is against or near the toe of the levee from South Helena south past mile 658. Fields between Jackson Point and Jug Harris Towhead begin to go under water. In Mississippi, water is near or on the toe of the Mississippi Levee south of Highway 49 past mile 658. Road to termainal at Long Lake Bayou is flooding.
41 In Mississippi,farm buildings inside the levee southwest of Friars Point are beginning to flood.
40 In Mississippi, homes on the northeast side of Desoto Lake are flooding.
39 In Mississippi, cabin area inside the levee southwest of Sherard is flooding. In Arkansas, road to barge loading facilities near the Highway 49 bridge is flooding.
38 In Mississippi, lowest roads in the Robson Towhead area are beginning to flood. Road to cabins near Ward Lake is flooded near the levee. Road to cabins inside the levee southwest of Sherard, Mississippi is covered near the levee. Road from Rena Lara to houses east of Desoto Lake is covered at many places.
37 In Arkansas, water is near or against the levee from mile 657 south past mile 655. Lowest section of trail going to Island 66 is covered. In Mississippi, west sections of road going to Miller Point are flooding. Road to hunting club on Island 61 is going under water. Road to Island 67 is covered at the lowest spot.
36 In Arkansas, settlement east of Mellwood inside the levee along Phillips County Road 524 is being inundated.
35 In Mississippi, road to river landing west of Delta, Mississippi is flooded. Fields, pastures and game food plots begin to flood on Island 67.
34 In Mississippi, road to houses west of Horseshoe Lake is beginning to flood near the levee. Fields near mile 658 are are beginning to flood. Road to houses on southwest side of Desoto Lake is under water near the bridge.
33 In Mississippi, road to fields north of Highway 49 bridge is flooding. Pastures and fields inside the levee west of Ferrell, Mississippi are starting to flood. In Arkansas, fields north of the river from mile 647 to mile 650 are beginning to flood.
32 In Arkansas, Fields and pastures inside the levee east of Elaine, Arkansas are starting to flood. Pastures and fields on Island 64 are being covered by water. In Mississippi, open areas near Big Eddy Lake are beginning to flood. Fields, pastures and game flood plots begin to flood on Island 67.
31 In Arkansas, lowest roads inside the levee east of Helena, Arkansas are beginning to flood. Pastures and fields on Island 64 are starting to go under water.
29 In Mississippi, fields along Highway 49 bridge are beginning to flood.
25 Pastures and fields on Island 66 are flooding.
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Latitude: 34.515833° N, Longitude: 90.584167° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 44 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 29 141.7 ft 185.7 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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