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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 2nd Ave are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Des Moines SE 6th St
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 30
Moderate Flood Stage: 26
Flood Stage: 23
Action Stage: 19
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 31.57 ft on 06/13/2008
(2) 30.16 ft on 06/24/1954
(3) 27.40 ft on 05/31/1903
(4) 26.50 ft on 06/26/1947
(5) 26.08 ft on 07/02/2010
(6) 25.25 ft on 04/01/1960
(7) 24.40 ft on 05/23/1944
(8) 24.00 ft on 07/01/2018
(9) 23.80 ft on 03/31/1951
(10) 22.55 ft on 03/31/1961
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 19.88 ft on 03/01/2023
(2) 18.23 ft on 06/17/2022
(3) 14.41 ft on 03/27/2021
(4) 16.40 ft on 03/23/2021
(5) 19.37 ft on 05/28/2020
(6) 20.49 ft on 10/12/2019
(7) 21.61 ft on 03/22/2019
(8) 21.20 ft on 10/12/2018
(9) 24.00 ft on 07/01/2018
(10) 20.29 ft on 10/01/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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37.2 This is the top of the Birdland and Central Place levees at 2nd Ave.
33 Levee closures occur across 2nd Ave.
30 Levee closures occur across Grand Ave...Locust St...Walnut St and Ct Ave in downtown Des Moines.
28.5 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway is closed from Urbandale Ave to Euclid Ave.
27.7 Water is several feet deep against the Birdland Marina boathouse.
26.5 Euclid Ave is closed from Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to 16th St.
26 Water is across the Polk County Human Services Department parking lot.
25.5 Water affects portions of the Polk County Human Services Department parking lot...on the north side of Euclid Ave and on the west side of the river.
25 The levee is closed across Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway north of Clarkson Ave.
24.5 Levee closures occur across Saylor Rd.
23 Water affects Birdland Park.
20.5 Prospect Rd is closed from Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to Hickman Rd.
20 Birdland Dr is closed from Saylor Rd to 6th Ave.
18.5 Water affects low-lying sections of the Neal Smith Trail in the Birdland Park area.

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