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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the West Fork Des Moines River at Emmetsburg 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: 15
Moderate Flood Stage: 13
Flood Stage: 11
Action Stage: 9
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 17.77 ft on 05/23/1999
(2) 14.75 ft on 04/12/1969 (P)
(3) 13.80 ft on 06/30/1993
(4) 13.60 ft on 07/11/1993
(5) 13.44 ft on 03/25/2019
(6) 13.26 ft on 07/10/2018
(7) 13.25 ft on 06/25/1993
(8) 12.80 ft on 07/01/1969
(9) 12.73 ft on 05/12/1993
(10) 12.60 ft on 06/24/1984
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.44 ft on 03/25/2019
(2) 13.26 ft on 07/10/2018
(3) 8.57 ft on 05/22/2017
(4) 9.77 ft on 05/02/2016
(5) 4.47 ft on 08/20/2015
(6) 12.33 ft on 06/20/2014
(7) 7.68 ft on 06/24/2013
(8) 7.40 ft on 06/05/2012 (P)
(9) 5.58 ft on 05/08/2012 (P)
(10) 4.61 ft on 02/29/2012 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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14.5 US 18 is closed.
14 Sandbagging operations occur for businesses along US 18 on the west side of town in and near the flood plain.
13.5 US 18 west of Emmetsburg is threatened. Sandbagging operations may occur for the sewer plant and wells. Northern Natural Gas distribution plant is also threatened.
13 Closure of Iowa 4 is likely. Some of the airport runways are threatened. Water flows into Boggess gravel pits.
12.5 Osgood Road floods.
12 Water reaches sections of Iowa 4 south of Emmetsburg. The road to the rendering plant is closed.
11.5 Southern portions of the airport field are affected including approaches to the primary runway. Grass airstrips are affected near hangars along the east side of the airfield.
11 Iowa 4 is threatened in areas near the river overpass. The road to the rendering plant is threatened and the road to the sanitary landfill area is closed.
10 Water affects the flood plain. The access road to the sanitary landfill area is threatened.

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