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Walnut Creek (Central IA) at Urbandale 142nd St Stage (ft)Highest Observation: 2.47 ft at 3:48AM Jun 03, 2023Observed: 2.44 ft at 6:33AM Jun 03, 2023Observed: 2.38 ft at 1:43PM Jun 03, 2023Observed: 2.34 ft at 6:30PM Jun 03, 2023Observed: 2.28 ft at 10:38PM Jun 03, 2023Observed: 2.23 ft at 5:31AM Jun 04, 2023Observed: 2.23 ft at 6:27AM Jun 04, 2023Observed: 2.17 ft at 4:31PM Jun 04, 2023Observed: 2.17 ft at 6:24PM Jun 04, 2023Observed: 2.11 ft at 11:55PM Jun 04, 2023Observed: 2.08 ft at 6:21AM Jun 05, 2023Observed: 2.06 ft at 6:18PM Jun 05, 2023Observed: 2 ft at 3:04AM Jun 06, 2023Observed: 1.99 ft at 6:15AM Jun 06, 2023Observed: 2 ft at 6:12PM Jun 06, 2023Observed: 1.95 ft at 5:37AM Jun 07, 2023Observed: 1.95 ft at 6:09AM Jun 07, 2023Observed: 1.95 ft at 6:06PM Jun 07, 2023City of Des Moines, IAUBWI4(plotting HGIRR) Graph Created (3:18AM Jun 8, 2023)ObservedLatest observed value: 1.95 ft at 6:06 PM CDT 7-Jun-2023.
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NOTE: Forecasts are not available for the Walnut Creek (Central IA) at Urbandale 142nd St. Only observed stages are available for this point.

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Latitude: 41.626293° N, Longitude: 93.813390° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

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