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St. Joseph River (MI/IN) at South Bend Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 0.6 ft at 6:30AM Jun 09, 2021Highest Observation: 0.6 ft at 6:12AM Jun 10, 2021Highest Observation: 0.6 ft at 7:00AM Jun 11, 2021Highest Observation: 0.6 ft at 6:10AM Jun 12, 2021Highest Observation: 0.6 ft at 6:21AM Jun 13, 2021Highest Observation: 0.6 ft at 7:00AM Jun 15, 2021Highest Observation: 0.6 ft at 7:00AM Jun 16, 2021Highest Observation: 0.6 ft at 6:12AM Jun 17, 2021National Weather Service Northern IndianaSBNI3(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (6:23AM Jun 18, 2021)ObservedLatest observed value: 0.6 ft at 6:12 AM EDT 17-Jun-2021. Flood Stage is 5.5 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 St. Joseph River (MI/IN) at South Bend 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: 9
Moderate Flood Stage: 8
Flood Stage: 5.5
Action Stage: 4.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 12.70 ft on 02/22/2018
(2) 10.90 ft on 01/06/1993
(3) 10.90 ft on 03/15/1982
(4) 10.70 ft on 02/24/1985
(5) 9.60 ft on 01/09/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 12.70 ft on 02/22/2018
(2) 7.80 ft on 04/20/2013
(3) 6.10 ft on 12/16/2011
(4) 6.90 ft on 04/29/2011
(5) 6.00 ft on 04/07/2009
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.00 ft on 09/29/2010
(2) 0.07 ft on 11/29/2008
(3) 0.07 ft on 09/06/2020
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11.1 The river is at the 100 year flood level.
11 Business areas near Indiana University at South Bend campus are flooded. Residents in River Commons, near Keller Park and Riverside Drive between Marion and Bartlett are flooded in their basements. Street flooding closes portions of Northshore Drive and Northside Blvd. Evacuations may be necessary and the wastewater treatment plant will be completely flooded.
10 Flooding affects commercial areas near Indiana University at South Bend campus along Northside Blvd.
9 Major flooding is in progress. Flooding almost completely submerges parks and floods local streets near the St. Joseph River.
8 Flood waters begin to affect river parks and roads and may affect portions of Northside Blvd in the area of Veterans Memorial Park, and Riverside Drive in the areas south of Leeper Park, by Keller Park and Woodland Park. High water may cause flooding of basements and interfere with some commercial activities.
7 Flooding is confined to park land and park roads. Some backyard flooding may occur in low lying residential areas near the river.
6 Flooding is confined to mostly park land and golf courses. Leeper Park and Petro golf courses begin to flood.
5.5 The river reaches flood stage with the lowest residential areas beginning to flood.
(1) Staff gauge at low flow
(2) South Bend staff gauge
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Latitude: 41.720278° N, Longitude: 86.269167° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 5.5 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 29 656.92 662.42 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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