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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Des Plaines River at Riverside are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - at River Forest Upstream Gauge
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 9
Moderate Flood Stage: 8
Flood Stage: 7
Action Stage: 6
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 11.42 ft on 04/18/2013
(2) 9.90 ft on 08/15/1987
(3) 9.87 ft on 09/14/2008
(4) 9.82 ft on 01/26/1969
(5) 9.24 ft on 07/24/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 8.10 ft on 06/16/2015 (P)
(2) 11.42 ft on 04/18/2013
(3) 8.47 ft on 07/24/2011
(4) 9.24 ft on 07/24/2010
(5) 9.87 ft on 09/14/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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8.5 Damage begins to residences in vicinity of junction of Salt Creek and Des Plaines River.
7.5 Park areas are inundated near Salt Creek.
6.5 Flooding affects forest preserve areas.
6 Water begins to overflow banks in the lowest areas adjacent to the river.

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How much forecast precipitation was used for the current river forecast?
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How low could the river get?
Prior to January 2011, the gage was located 400 feet downstream of the current location. Gage height values at the current location are higher than those at the old location, given the same discharge. The difference in gage heights between the two locations is variable ranging from about +0.45 ft at gage heights around 6 feet to +0.85 ft at gage heights around 10 feet. (For example: a current reading of 6.00 ft would approximately equate to a reading of 5.55 ft at the old location and a current reading of 10.00 ft would approximately equate to a reading of 9.15 ft at the old location.)
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