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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the South Skunk River near Ames W Riverside Rd 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: 16.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 16
Flood Stage: 12.5
Action Stage: 11
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 19.04 ft on 08/11/2010
(2) 16.93 ft on 06/09/2008
(3) 16.93 ft on 08/29/2015
(4) 16.64 ft on 07/01/2014
(5) 16.58 ft on 06/17/1996
(6) 16.44 ft on 05/30/2008
(7) 15.23 ft on 08/16/1993
(8) 15.17 ft on 07/09/1993
(9) 14.82 ft on 04/26/2007
(10) 14.56 ft on 08/10/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.97 ft on 03/14/2019
(2) 11.10 ft on 09/06/2018
(3) 8.10 ft on 05/20/2017
(4) 8.02 ft on 01/19/2017
(5) 9.33 ft on 09/26/2016
(6) 6.86 ft on 09/17/2016
(7) 8.32 ft on 02/21/2016
(8) 13.00 ft on 12/15/2015
(9) 16.93 ft on 08/29/2015
(10) 7.56 ft on 08/24/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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16.8 Water affects E 13th Street with closure likely.
14.6 Water affects Sargent Metal...located at 650 Arrasmith Trail.
14.1 Water affects residences along Freel Drive south of Lincoln Way.
14 Water affects East 13th Street between Meadow Lane and the bridge over the South Skunk River.
13.9 Water affects Westech Engineering...located at 600 Arrasmith Trail.
10.6 Water is out of its banks at River Valley Park.
9.9 Water affects low lying fields.

Other Real-time and/or Archive Data Sources:

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  • All stages, including impact statements and crest history on this page, reference stages at the streamgage's NEW location. Prior to 10/1/2003 the streamgage operated 400 ft upstream of its present location, and with a different vertical elevation reference.
  • USGS 7-Day Streamflow Duration Hydrograph for this location:
    Duration Hydrograph

    Duration Hydrograph Legend

  • USGS Cumulative Streamflow Hydrograph for this location:
    Duration Hydrograph of Cumulative Streamflow
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