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Forecasts for the East Fork Des Moines River near Algona 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: 22
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 17
Action Stage: 13
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 22.65 ft on 04/01/1993
(2) 22.18 ft on 08/23/1979
(3) 19.31 ft on 06/26/2018
(4) 19.16 ft on 09/22/2018
(5) 18.63 ft on 03/17/2019
(6) 18.54 ft on 03/21/2019
(7) 17.58 ft on 06/19/2014
(8) 17.37 ft on 06/18/2014
(9) 16.57 ft on 05/29/2013
(10) 15.68 ft on 09/26/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 14.71 ft on 05/17/2023
(2) 12.35 ft on 05/03/2022
(3) 9.35 ft on 09/05/2021
(4) 15.47 ft on 05/20/2020
(5) 18.54 ft on 03/21/2019
(6) 18.63 ft on 03/17/2019
(7) 19.16 ft on 09/22/2018
(8) 19.31 ft on 06/26/2018
(9) 14.93 ft on 05/22/2017
(10) 15.68 ft on 09/26/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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22 Water affects the shopping center parking lot and approaches the buildings. Water also affects US 169 near and north of Saint Joseph. Water may also threaten many bridges over the Des Moines River in the area with washouts. Many roads across Kossuth County may be closed.
20 Water affects portions of US 18. Water enters the parking lot of the shopping center north of US 18 and west of the river.
19 Water affects US 169 south of Algona. US 169 near Saint Joseph will be cut off. Water also threatens sections of US 18 east of US 169.
18 Water threatens US 169 near Saint Joseph and may affect it south of Algona.
17 Water threatens US 169 south of Algona and affects some rural roads.
16.5 Water affects the lowest portions of Northpark Dr and Norwood Dr in Algona.
16 Widespread agricultural flooding occurs.
14 Water affects low-lying agricultural land along the river.

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  • USGS 7-Day Streamflow Duration Hydrograph for this location:
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  • USGS Cumulative Streamflow Hydrograph for this location:
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9607 NW Beaver Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50131
(515) 270-2614
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