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Big Sioux River at Hawarden Stage (ft)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesGYVS2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (10:49AM Apr 4, 2020)Flood Stage is 55 ft
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NOTE: No forecasts are available for this location

NOTE: Graphical forecasts are not available for the Big Sioux River at Hawarden. During times of high water, forecast crest information can be found in the text products.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 23
Moderate Flood Stage: 20
Flood Stage: 15
Action Stage: 13
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 27.92 ft on 06/17/2014
(2) 24.90 ft on 05/10/1993
(3) 24.70 ft on 09/27/2010
(4) 24.60 ft on 04/09/1969
(5) 24.20 ft on 06/23/1984
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 27.92 ft on 06/17/2014
(2) 19.40 ft on 05/27/2013
(3) 17.20 ft on 05/10/2012
(4) 20.30 ft on 03/26/2011
(5) 24.70 ft on 09/27/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
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23 Water backs up into the park in Hawarden, and some basements and sewers could begin to have problems.
21.5 Iowa Highway 10 begins to flood.
20 Some farm houses on the South Dakota side of the river are isolated by high water.
19 South Dakota Highway 46 begins to flood.
15 Agricultural flooding begins on the South Dakota side of the river.
12 The lowest banks overflow and begin to flood into sloughs.
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Latitude: 42.998333° N, Longitude: 96.498056° 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 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other 1147.27 ft 1162.27 ft  
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