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Forecasts for the Des Moines River at Ottumwa 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: 19
Moderate Flood Stage: 15
Flood Stage: 11.5
Action Stage: 9
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 22.15 ft on 07/12/1993
(2) 20.97 ft on 06/07/1947
(3) 20.60 ft on 06/17/2008
(4) 20.23 ft on 05/31/1903
(5) 20.04 ft on 08/11/2010
(6) 18.33 ft on 04/11/1965
(7) 18.27 ft on 05/24/1944
(8) 18.26 ft on 04/01/1960
(9) 17.66 ft on 06/28/1954
(10) 17.63 ft on 06/10/1917
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 10.00 ft on 03/02/2023
(2) 8.86 ft on 06/09/2022
(3) 9.04 ft on 02/28/2021
(4) 11.30 ft on 03/28/2020
(5) 16.28 ft on 05/29/2019
(6) 8.96 ft on 09/06/2018
(7) 12.03 ft on 04/05/2017
(8) 12.61 ft on 12/14/2015
(9) 13.74 ft on 06/26/2015
(10) 12.17 ft on 09/10/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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25 The City of Ottumwa is protected by a 25 foot levee.
23 The levee opening at the south end of the Market St bridge may need to be planked and sandbagged.
22 Sandbagging and planking operations may be needed for openings along Vine St.
19.5 Water affects the Market St parking lot. The entrance to the Market St bridge is sandbagged.
18.5 Sewer backup will reach the road surface at Market St and Commercial St.
18 Water affects the Fairport area along the railroad tracks. Sandbagging may be needed at the Vine St diversion chamber. Evacuations may begin at the trailer court.
17.5 Sewer backup in basements occurs at businesses along Main St.
17 Water affects Paris St. The Market St bridge is closed.
15 Flooding occurs in rural areas both upstream and downstream of Ottumwa.
12 Water affects Eldon.
11.5 Water affects the northeast side of Rabbit Run Rd.
11 Bear Creek reaches bankfull.
10 Agricultural flooding occurs along most of the reach between Ottumwa and Eldon.
9 Water affects rural fields primarily downstream of Ottumwa.

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