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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Cedar River at Waterloo 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: 21
Moderate Flood Stage: 19
Flood Stage: 13
Action Stage: 8.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 27.01 ft on 06/11/2008
(2) 22.95 ft on 09/24/2016
(3) 21.86 ft on 03/29/1961
(4) 21.67 ft on 04/08/1965
(5) 20.78 ft on 07/23/1999
(6) 20.60 ft on 04/02/1993
(7) 20.15 ft on 06/29/1969
(8) 20.00 ft on 03/16/1929
(9) 19.50 ft on 04/02/1933
(10) 19.32 ft on 05/25/2004
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 11.64 ft on 03/02/2023
(2) 9.14 ft on 06/18/2022
(3) 12.47 ft on 08/31/2021
(4) 14.54 ft on 06/24/2020
(5) 18.83 ft on 03/17/2019
(6) 18.96 ft on 09/23/2018
(7) 11.74 ft on 10/01/2016
(8) 22.95 ft on 09/24/2016
(9) 11.13 ft on 06/26/2015
(10) 18.39 ft on 06/22/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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30 This is the height of the Waterloo levee design protection.
26 Sandbagging is necessary at Fairview Cemetery.
25 The 18th St bridge is closed. Levee gates are also closed throughout the downtown area of Waterloo.
24 The following bridges are closed...Westfield Ave...E 6th St and W 6th St railroad...11th St as well as Park Ave.
18 The access road to wastewater treatment plant is closed.
17 Many storm sewers are closed along the Cedar River.
16 The Riverview Recreation Area is closed.
13 Many storm sewers are closed along Black Hawk Creek and the Cedar River. The Fletcher Ave levee gates are closed.
10 Storm sewers are closed behind the Cattle Congress.

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  • USGS 7-Day Streamflow Duration Hydrograph for this location:
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    Duration Hydrograph Legend

  • USGS Cumulative Streamflow Hydrograph for this location:
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