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Walnut Creek (Central IA) at Clive I-80/35 Stage (ft)Flow (cfs)Highest Observation: 7.54 ft at 12:05PM Feb 18, 2019Highest Observation: 7.54 ft at 12:16PM Feb 18, 2019Observed: 6.42 ft at 2:01PM Feb 18, 2019Observed: 4.26 ft at 5:31PM Feb 21, 2019City of Des Moines, IACLVI4(plotting HGIRR) Graph Created (9:02AM Feb 22, 2019)ObservedLatest observed value: 4.26 ft at 5:31 PM CST 21-Feb-2019. Flood Stage is 9 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 Walnut Creek (Central IA) at Clive I-80/35 are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Upstream Gauge - at IFC--Clive NW 128th St Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at IFC--Clive NW 100th St
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 15
Moderate Flood Stage: 14
Flood Stage: 9
Action Stage: 8
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 13.41 ft on 06/25/2015
(2) 13.00 ft on 08/01/1990
(3) 12.28 ft on 08/09/2010
(4) 11.92 ft on 08/29/1993
(5) 11.49 ft on 07/09/1993
(6) 11.08 ft on 08/23/2002
(7) 11.07 ft on 06/16/1990
(8) 11.00 ft on 06/30/2018 (P)
(9) 10.54 ft on 05/24/1996
(10) 8.98 ft on 02/18/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 11.00 ft on 06/30/2018 (P)
(2) 13.41 ft on 06/25/2015
(3) 12.28 ft on 08/09/2010
(4) 11.08 ft on 08/23/2002
(5) 8.92 ft on 06/18/1998
(6) 8.98 ft on 02/18/1997
(7) 10.54 ft on 05/24/1996
(8) 6.40 ft on 05/09/1995
(9) 4.93 ft on 03/04/1994
(10) 11.92 ft on 08/29/1993
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 2.10 ft on 08/21/1994

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15.5 Water inundates the intersection of 86th Street and University Avenue. Water inundates Northwest 114th Street from the Walnut Creek bridge to Northwest 111th Street. Water also inundates Hickman Court.
14.5 Water inundates the intersection of Northwest 100th Street and Swanson Boulevard.
14 Swanson Boulevard is closed from 86th Street west to Northwest 100th Street.
13.9 Water inundates the intersection of NW 86th Street and University Avenue. All of Swanson Boulevard is closed from NW 86th Street west to NW 100th Street. Water may also affect portions of Northwest 100th Street and NW 114th Street.
13.5 Water may begin impacting residential areas northwest of Indian Hills Junior High.
13.3 Water may flow over the railroad tracks near University Boulevard and Northwest 81st Street.
13.1 Water inundates University Boulevard between Northwest 78th Street and Northwest 80th well as lower areas to the north.
12.6 Water affects University Boulevard between NW 78th Street and NW 80th Street. Flood control measures are initiated to attempt to hold back water south of University Boulevard.
12 Water inundates 86th Street south of Swanson Boulevard.
11.5 Water begins affecting 86th Street south of Swanson Boulevard. The western lane of 86th Street may be closed.
11 Flooding occurs in the low areas of Greenbelt of NW 100th Street and Maddox Parkway.
9.5 Water affects Northwest 100th Street.
9 Swanson Boulevard is closed from Harbach Boulevard west to Northwest 94th Street...due to storm sewer backup.
5 The Clive Greenbelt bike trail gates are closed.
3.74 The stream gage will not provide readings below this stage.
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Latitude: 41.611389° N, Longitude: 93.776389° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 9 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 Not Available Not Available  

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  • This streamgage will not provide readings below 3.74 ft. Thus the hydrograph will appear as a flat line around 3.74 ft when the actual stage is below this level.
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