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Cedar River at Austin Stage (ft)Observed: 3.5 ft at 7:00AM Nov 25, 2021Observed: 3.4 ft at 7:00AM Nov 26, 2021Highest Observation: 3.6 ft at 7:00AM Nov 27, 2021City of AustinASTM5(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (10:30PM Nov 27, 2021)ObservedLatest observed value: 3.6 ft at 7:00 AM CST 27-Nov-2021. Flood Stage is 15 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 48 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Cedar River at Austin 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: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 15
Action Stage: 12
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 25.00 ft on 09/16/2004
(2) 23.40 ft on 07/10/2000
(3) 22.40 ft on 06/12/2008
(4) 21.90 ft on 07/17/1978
(5) 21.30 ft on 08/15/1993
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 19.80 ft on 09/23/2016
(2) 15.50 ft on 06/19/2014
(3) 20.60 ft on 09/24/2010
(4) 22.40 ft on 06/12/2008
(5) 25.00 ft on 09/16/2004
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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26 The protective dike is overtopped.
20 Serious flooding is likely.
18 Numerous homes and businesses may be threatened by high water.
15 The city of Austin takes specific actions to warn people and businesses.
(1) Upstream view at Austin, May 3rd, 2010, Stage = 3.6 ft
(2) Downstream view at Austin, May 3rd, 2010, Stage = 3.6 ft
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Latitude: 43.655833° N, Longitude: 92.970833° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 15 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 1167.79 ft 1182.79 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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