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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Big Sioux River at Watertown Broadway Avenue are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - at Watertown Sioux Conifer Road Upstream Gauge
Zoom Level:14
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 13.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 11
Flood Stage: 10.5
Action Stage: 10
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 13.67 ft on 04/06/1997
(2) 12.71 ft on 04/07/2001
(3) 11.97 ft on 04/12/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 10.65 ft on 05/31/2022
(2) 7.85 ft on 04/10/2021
(3) 9.58 ft on 04/04/2020
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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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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18 The bridge on Hwy 81 is overtopped.
17.5 The Broadway Avenue bridge at the gauge is overtopped.
17 4th Avenue SW begins to flood near Kampeska Blvd.
16.5 Broadway Avenue begins to flood.
16 The levees on the north side of the river upstream of the gauge are overtopped, and the gas station will begin flooding.
15 The railroad upstream of Thunder Road begins to flood, and water reaches the bottom of the bridges on Broadway Ave and 4th Ave SW.
14 The levee on the south side of the river upstream from the gauge is overtopped.
11 The lower banks on both sides of the river downstream of the gauge are overtopped, and the lower lying areas along Kampeska Blvd, 4th Ave SW, and Riverside Park on Kemp Ave begin to flood.
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(2) Upstream View

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