Skip Navigation Link weather.gov  
NOAA logo - Click to go to the NOAA homepage National Weather Service NWS logo - Click to go to the NWS homepage
Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
Image background of Navigation bar Left
Navigation Bar End Cap

  
 

This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
tab left off Hydrograph tab right off tab left off River at a Glance tab right off tab left off Download tab right off tab left on tab right on
About this graph
Forecasts for the Raccoon River (Central IA) at Des Moines Fleur Dr are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
Return to Area Map

Upstream Locations Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Des Moines SE 6th St
Zoom Level:14
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 25
Moderate Flood Stage: 16
Flood Stage: 12
Action Stage: 8
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 26.80 ft on 07/11/1993
(2) 24.66 ft on 06/13/2008
(3) 21.54 ft on 06/26/2015
(4) 20.45 ft on 06/16/1998
(5) 19.83 ft on 06/13/1947
(6) 19.52 ft on 06/26/1947
(7) 19.45 ft on 05/24/2004
(8) 19.42 ft on 06/17/1990
(9) 19.38 ft on 07/02/1986
(10) 19.30 ft on 07/05/1973
Show More Historic Crests

(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 12.24 ft on 05/21/2017
(2) 18.09 ft on 12/15/2015
(3) 21.54 ft on 06/26/2015
(4) 14.31 ft on 09/10/2014
(5) 16.44 ft on 06/01/2013
(6) 16.43 ft on 05/31/2013
(7) 7.31 ft on 04/15/2012
(8) 13.17 ft on 06/21/2011
(9) 17.92 ft on 03/18/2010
(10) 14.80 ft on 04/28/2009
Show More Recent Crests

(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 3.90 ft on 01/25/1940
KML Image
Gauge LocationGauge Map Marker
Disclaimer
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.
Flood Impacts & Photos Collapse
If you notice any errors in the below information, please contact our Webmaster
31 This is the top of the levee surrounding Des Moines Water Works.
27.7 This is the top of the levee surrounding Valley Gardens.
22 The levee is closed across Southwest 22nd Street under the Fleur Drive viaduct. Levee closures also occur across three driveways into Principal Park.
21 The levee is closed across 63rd Street.
18.5 The maintenance buildings outside of the levee protection at Des Moines Water Works Park flood.
18 All the levee gates are closed in Water Works Park.
17.2 Water overtops portions of Fleur Drive.
17 The levee is closed across George Flagg Parkway just west of Fleur Drive. Levee gates are closed west of Southwest 18th Street at George Flagg Parkway, and at the railroad tracks.
16.5 Water begins affecting Fleur Drive. Above this stage...water flows through Water Works Park south of the Water Works Buildings...cutting off a large meander bend in the river and diverting increasing amounts of stream flow away from the main river channel.
15.5 Water approaches Fleur Drive and affects the Grays Lake trails.
13.5 Water affects the low areas of Water Works Park.
13.3 Southwest 30th Street is closed from George Flagg Parkway to Bell Avenue. George Flagg Parkway is closed from Southwest 30th Street to Southwest 28th Street.
11.3 George Flagg Parkway is closed from Park Avenue to Southwest 30th Street.
9.5 Water impacts the lowest portions of the Bill Riley Trail.

Other Real-time and/or Archive Data Sources:

Additional Information Collapse
  • 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
Collaborative Agencies Collapse
The National Weather Service prepares its forecasts and other services in collaboration with agencies like the US Geological Survey, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Army Corps of Engineers, Natural Resource Conservation Service, National Park Service, ALERT Users Group, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and many state and local emergency managers across the country. For details, please click here.
NWS Information
National Weather Service
Des Moines Weather Forecast Office
9607 NW Beaver Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50131
(515) 270-2614
Ask Questions/Webmaster
Page last modified: 6-Nov-2019 2:40 PM
Disclaimer
Credits
Glossary
Privacy Policy
About Us
Career Opportunities