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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the West Fork Cedar River at Finchford are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Cedar Falls
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 17
Action Stage: 12
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 20.82 ft on 06/10/2008
(2) 18.45 ft on 07/29/1990
(3) 17.28 ft on 06/27/1951
(4) 16.73 ft on 04/01/1993
(5) 16.58 ft on 09/26/2016
(6) 16.50 ft on 07/10/1969
(7) 16.14 ft on 03/17/2019
(8) 16.09 ft on 05/17/1999
(9) 15.91 ft on 04/07/1965
(10) 15.81 ft on 09/23/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.23 ft on 03/02/2023
(2) 14.35 ft on 06/25/2020
(3) 16.14 ft on 03/17/2019
(4) 15.81 ft on 09/23/2018
(5) 13.05 ft on 10/01/2016
(6) 16.58 ft on 09/26/2016
(7) 11.18 ft on 06/26/2015
(8) 15.60 ft on 06/22/2014
(9) 15.00 ft on 05/30/2013
(10) 8.71 ft on 05/05/2012
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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18.5 Water affects the intersection of Hwy T71 and Hwy C55 at the convenience store. Basement flooding occurs in many residences with some flooding on the main floors. Water is also at the floor level of the convenience store. Water wells may collapse.
17.5 Water affects several roads as well as nearby residences and small businesses.
17 Water affects Hwy T71 north of the river and threatens the town of Finchford.
16 Water affects nearly 20000 acres.
15 Water threatens the road fill area along Hwy T71 just north of the river. Water also threatens the bridge 1000 feet north which spans the overflow area.
14 Water backs up in nearby basements.
13.5 Water affects lowland areas.
12 Some lowland flooding occurs.
10.5 Water affects low-lying areas.

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  • USGS Cumulative Streamflow Hydrograph for this location:
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