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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Raccoon River (Central IA) at Des Moines IA 28 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: 40
Moderate Flood Stage: 38
Flood Stage: 36
Action Stage: 34
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 41.31 ft on 06/13/2008
(2) 40.77 ft on 07/11/1993
(3) 40.37 ft on 06/26/2015
(4) 39.46 ft on 06/16/1998
(5) 38.22 ft on 05/24/2004
(6) 37.94 ft on 04/26/2007
(7) 37.52 ft on 02/19/1997
(8) 37.43 ft on 03/15/2019
(9) 37.43 ft on 12/15/2015
(10) 36.97 ft on 06/28/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 28.39 ft on 02/28/2023
(2) 31.02 ft on 06/07/2022
(3) 22.44 ft on 03/26/2021
(4) 29.95 ft on 10/12/2019
(5) 37.43 ft on 03/15/2019
(6) 34.04 ft on 06/25/2018
(7) 32.09 ft on 05/21/2017
(8) 37.43 ft on 12/15/2015
(9) 40.37 ft on 06/26/2015
(10) 34.51 ft on 09/01/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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46.2 This is the top of the West Des Moines levee.
43 This is the top of the Des Moines levee at Iowa 28 and 63rd Street.
42 Water is over I-35.
41.3 Water is at the shoulder of the southbound I-35 exit to Iowa 5.
41 The levee is closed at Jordan Creek and Iowa 28.
40.5 Water affects Grand Avenue near Raccoon River Regional Park.
40 Iowa 28 is closed north of the river. Water overtops the berm on the west side of Raccoon River Park...affecting the park and surrounding area.
39 Water affects businesses...Commerce Drive and Raccoon River Drive from South 88th Street to Grand Avenue.
38 Water affects primary roads in several locations.
36 Water affects Blue Heron Lake at Raccoon River Park.
35.5 Water covers Walnut Woods Drive and affects Walnut Woods State Park.
30 The City of West Des Moines operates the levee system including pumps.

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