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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Missouri River at Omaha are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Gauge - near Blair Upstream Gauge
Zoom Level:15
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 40
Moderate Flood Stage: 32
Flood Stage: 27
Action Stage: 21
Low Stage (in feet): 9

Historic Crests
(1) 40.20 ft on 04/18/1952
(2) 36.29 ft on 07/02/2011
(3) 34.40 ft on 03/17/2019
(4) 34.22 ft on 04/25/1881
(5) 31.96 ft on 06/05/2019
(6) 30.58 ft on 09/22/2019
(7) 30.26 ft on 07/10/1993
(8) 29.50 ft on 06/23/1996
(9) 29.02 ft on 06/27/1984
(10) 28.92 ft on 06/29/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 15.54 ft on 08/18/2022
(2) 16.06 ft on 08/07/2021
(3) 21.93 ft on 04/03/2020
(4) 30.58 ft on 09/22/2019
(5) 31.96 ft on 06/05/2019
(6) 34.40 ft on 03/17/2019
(7) 28.92 ft on 06/29/2018
(8) 22.43 ft on 05/21/2017
(9) 22.91 ft on 05/01/2016
(10) 21.86 ft on 12/15/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 4.17 ft on 12/24/2022
(2) 6.63 ft on 01/01/2014
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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40 At this level the water nears the top of the federal levee.
36 Water reaches the bottom of flood wall just north of Interstate 480. Low lying roads are also affected just east of Riverfront Drive north of the pedestrian bridge.
32.5 Floodwaters are reaching areas near Council Bluffs, specifically near Interstate 29, miler marker 56.
30.5 Floodwaters are impacting Interstate 29/680 near Crescent and northward to exit 71 near Loveland.
29 At this level water nears the base of the Council Bluffs levee. Significant lowland flooding occurs in NP Dodge Park, Freedom Park, Tom Hanafan Park, Fontenelle Forest and Haworth Park.
28 At this level most of the flood gates for the city of Council Bluffs are closed.
27 Freedom Park, Tom Hanafan Park and Fontenelle Forest begin to flood.
25 NP Dodge Park in north Omaha is flooding and will be closed. A casino parking lot begins to flood along the Iowa side of the river. In addition, Haworth Park located in Bellevue begins to flood.
21 At this level the City of Council Bluffs begins closing flood gates.
19 At this level, the City of Council Bluffs begins to close drainage gates that discharge into the river.
(1) Looking upstream near gage site
(2) Looking downstream from pedestrian bridge
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9 Water intake structures along this stretch of the river begin to be monitored for possible exposure.

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The April 25, 1881 crest was read at the old Union Pacific Railroad bridge, located about 0.5 miles downstream of the current site. Elevation of reading is NGVD 1929 datum. The 1881 value at the datum then is use is available here.

The graph below is from the USGS and represents river discharge.

  • USGS 7-Day Streamflow Duration Hydrograph for this location:
    Duration Hydrograph

    Duration Hydrograph Legend

  • USGS Cumulative Streamflow Hydrograph for this location:
    Duration Hydrograph of Cumulative Streamflow

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