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Forecasts for the Des Moines River at Fort Dodge 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: 17
Moderate Flood Stage: 16
Flood Stage: 10.5
Action Stage: 9
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 19.62 ft on 06/23/1947
(2) 19.28 ft on 06/21/1954
(3) 17.79 ft on 04/08/1965
(4) 16.83 ft on 06/27/2010
(5) 15.81 ft on 04/01/1993
(6) 15.73 ft on 06/08/2008
(7) 15.31 ft on 06/19/2014
(8) 15.27 ft on 03/14/2019
(9) 15.04 ft on 03/20/2019
(10) 14.94 ft on 06/19/1984
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 0.00 ft on 06/16/2022
(2) 0.00 ft on 03/29/2021
(3) 0.00 ft on 03/21/2020
(4) 15.04 ft on 03/20/2019
(5) 15.27 ft on 03/14/2019
(6) 14.14 ft on 09/23/2018
(7) 14.61 ft on 03/05/2018
(8) 9.68 ft on 05/22/2017
(9) 10.21 ft on 12/18/2016
(10) 10.99 ft on 12/16/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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17 Water reaches the bottom of the railroad trestle approach.
16 The Phinney Park riverside trail along the west bank is threatened.
15 Some residences in Lehigh flood. Riverside Dr. in northern Webster County may be affected.
14 Water affects some access roads along the river in Fort Dodge as well as in Lehigh.
13 Industries near Phinney Park are threatened. Residences along the west bank of the river in Lehigh are also affected.
12 Campgrounds in the downstream parks between Fort Dodge and Lehigh are affected.
11 Lowland areas near the river flood. Residences along the river in Fort Dodge are threatened.
10 Roads to residences in Fort Dodge along the river flood. Access to some subdivisions will be limited.

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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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