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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Northeast River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Charles River at Dover are issued routinely year-round.

Vertical datum height surveyed by the USGS

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 8
Moderate Flood Stage: 7
Flood Stage: 5
Action Stage: 4.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 9.24 ft on 08/23/1955
(2) 9.10 ft on 03/25/1936
(3) 9.00 ft on 06/27/1938
(4) 8.72 ft on 03/22/1968
(5) 8.36 ft on 01/28/1979
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 5.63 ft on 07/14/2021 (P)
(2) 5.24 ft on 11/16/2018
(3) 5.52 ft on 06/19/2013
(4) 5.54 ft on 03/11/2011
(5) 8.05 ft on 04/02/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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9 Anyone with interests along the Charles River must act now to protect life and property. If you are asked to evacuate, do so immediately. Flooding will impact portions of Dover, Medway, South Natick and Wellesley. Some roadways may become flooded. Never try to cross a flooded roadway. The road could be washed out. Know your alternate routes of travel. Some roads will be closed due to flooding.
8 Flooding will impact portions of Dover, Medfield, Millis, Medway, South Natick, Needham and Wellesley With Road closures and local evacuations possible.
7 Flooding will close a portion of Mill Street in Dover. Flooding also affects low lying sections of Medway along Shaw Street and Charles River Road, as well as Route 109 at the Millis and Medfield town line. Flooding also is expected along Causeway Street in Medfield.
6.5 Flooding affects homes along River Road in South Natick. Flood waters also affect part of Route 109 at the Medfield and Millis town line. Flooding will continue to increase in Needham along Fisher Street.
6 Flooding will affect a few homes in Needham along Fisher Street, as well as a portion of Route 109 at the Medfield and Millis town line. Some flooding is also likely on the South Natick and Wellesley town line along River Street.
5 People living along the Charles River should prepare for flooding of low lying areas along the river. Susceptible locations include low lying areas along Fisher Street in Needham and a small area on the South Natick and Wellesley line along River Street.

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Potential River Levels - Used to
Potential River Levels
Used to Estimate the Chance of Flooding and the Range of Possible River Levels
10 Day (HEFS) 7 Day (NAEFS) 7 Day (GEFS)
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Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

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