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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Des Moines River at Des Moines SE 6th St 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: 30
Moderate Flood Stage: 26
Flood Stage: 24
Action Stage: 20
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 35.55 ft on 06/13/2008
(2) 34.29 ft on 07/11/1993
(3) 32.06 ft on 05/31/1903
(4) 31.96 ft on 06/26/1947
(5) 31.24 ft on 06/24/1954
(6) 30.14 ft on 06/26/2015
(7) 29.83 ft on 07/02/2010
(8) 29.78 ft on 04/11/1965
(9) 29.16 ft on 03/16/2019
(10) 28.91 ft on 03/31/1951
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 21.70 ft on 03/01/2023
(2) 22.42 ft on 06/07/2022
(3) 13.54 ft on 03/27/2021
(4) 23.58 ft on 10/12/2019
(5) 29.16 ft on 03/16/2019
(6) 28.87 ft on 07/01/2018
(7) 24.15 ft on 05/24/2017
(8) 26.93 ft on 12/15/2015
(9) 30.14 ft on 06/26/2015
(10) 25.97 ft on 07/01/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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37.3 This is the top of the levee on the downstream side of SE 6th St.
35 Water affects the grass bowl of the Simon Estes Amphitheater.
34 Water surrounds Principal Park and approaches its entrances.
30 Water from the Des Moines River causes backwater impacts along portions of Fourmile Creek in the Vandalia Rd and S Pleasant Hill Blvd areas.
28.7 Simon Estes Amphitheater is inundated up to intersection of the arcing sidewalks.
28.5 Hartford Ave is closed from SE 22nd St to SE 30th Ct.
26.3 Water affects Arthur St east of Carlisle.
25.7 Water surrounds the base of Simon Estes Amphitheater.
24 The bike trail is closed east of Water St. Water affects portions of other bike trails.

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