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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the East Fork Des Moines River at Dakota City 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: 28
Moderate Flood Stage: 24
Flood Stage: 20
Action Stage: 18
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 24.02 ft on 06/21/1954
(2) 23.35 ft on 04/01/1993
(3) 23.13 ft on 04/09/1965
(4) 21.71 ft on 08/25/1979
(5) 21.16 ft on 05/18/1991
(6) 21.13 ft on 03/17/2010
(7) 20.70 ft on 06/27/2010
(8) 20.48 ft on 04/01/1962
(9) 19.82 ft on 03/20/2019
(10) 19.82 ft on 06/19/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 19.82 ft on 03/20/2019
(2) 19.78 ft on 09/23/2018
(3) 13.49 ft on 10/01/2016
(4) 15.70 ft on 09/25/2016
(5) 13.83 ft on 09/18/2016
(6) 13.27 ft on 09/09/2016
(7) 11.76 ft on 07/25/2016
(8) 10.97 ft on 06/16/2016
(9) 11.46 ft on 06/04/2016
(10) 13.04 ft on 05/06/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 6.50 ft on 01/11/1977
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28 Water affects the Humboldt County Museum just northeast of the Dakota City bridge.
24 Water affects the Dakota City bridge. Water also floods 20650 acres of farmland north and south of town.
22 Water affects the Dakota City bridge just south of town.
20 Water affects the city park and large amounts of agricultural land. The city of Dakota City is situated on locally high ground and is generally not affected by flooding at this stage.
16 Water affects the Martin/Marietta gravel pit.

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  • USGS 7-Day Streamflow Duration Hydrograph for this location:
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  • USGS Cumulative Streamflow Hydrograph for this location:
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Des Moines Weather Forecast Office
9607 NW Beaver Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50131
(515) 270-2614
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