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Minnesota River at Savage Stage (ft)US Corps of EngineersSAVM5(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (5:01AM Mar 6, 2015)Flood Stage is 702 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: Gauge reading may be affected by ice.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Minnesota River at Savage are issued routinely during the navigation season, and as needed at other times of the year.

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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - near Fort Snelling
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 712
Moderate Flood Stage: 710
Flood Stage: 702
Action Stage: 697
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 719.40 ft on 04/15/1965
(2) 716.90 ft on 04/15/1969
(3) 715.20 ft on 04/13/1997
(4) 714.80 ft on 04/19/2001
(5) 714.50 ft on 04/29/2001
(6) 714.20 ft on 04/16/1952
(7) 713.70 ft on 06/26/1993
(8) 713.27 ft on 06/26/2014
(9) 711.70 ft on 04/15/1951
(10) 711.60 ft on 03/29/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 713.27 ft on 06/26/2014
(2) 704.42 ft on 07/02/2013 (P)
(3) 701.35 ft on 06/03/2012
(4) 697.36 ft on 05/11/2012
(5) 703.39 ft on 06/29/2011
(6) 702.37 ft on 06/01/2011
(7) 711.60 ft on 03/29/2011
(8) 710.88 ft on 10/01/2010
(9) 702.08 ft on 07/04/2010
(10) 710.92 ft on 03/24/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 687.05 ft on 10/29/1976
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715 Flood waters begin flooding the east bound lane of Highway 101 near the intersection with Highway 13. Flood waters also impact the north bound lanes of Interstate 35W. Port Cargill builds additional protection.
710.5 Flood waters begin to back up Eagle Creek and block the Highway 101 Frontage Road.
710 Protection of city sanitary sewers may be necessary.
705 Flood waters begin to impact the park road at Fort Snelling State Park.
702 Barge loading stops at Port Cargill, and other flood prevention measures are begun. Water begins to impact Black Dog Road in Burnsville.
700 Flood waters begin to cover trails at Fort Snelling State Park as well as low parts on the Bloomington Ferry Bridge trail just east of US 169.
(1) Looking Upriver
(2) Looking Downriver
(3) View of 35W
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Latitude: 44.786667° N, Longitude: 93.333333° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 702 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other 0 ft 702 ft USACE utilizes the 1912 Datum.

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