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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 Van Meter 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: 23
Moderate Flood Stage: 22
Flood Stage: 17
Action Stage: 15
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 26.34 ft on 07/10/1993
(2) 23.29 ft on 06/15/1998
(3) 23.09 ft on 06/25/2015
(4) 22.69 ft on 07/01/1986
(5) 22.67 ft on 06/12/2008
(6) 21.77 ft on 07/03/1958
(7) 21.74 ft on 07/04/1973
(8) 21.59 ft on 05/23/2004
(9) 21.40 ft on 06/13/1947
(10) 21.39 ft on 06/16/1990
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 10.56 ft on 02/28/2023
(2) 13.09 ft on 06/07/2022
(3) 5.18 ft on 07/12/2021
(4) 13.46 ft on 02/18/2020
(5) 11.68 ft on 10/11/2019
(6) 20.08 ft on 03/14/2019
(7) 14.83 ft on 06/25/2018
(8) 13.13 ft on 05/21/2017
(9) 15.16 ft on 01/22/2017
(10) 19.34 ft on 12/15/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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26 The railroad line north of Van Meter is overtopped.
23.8 Water is over I-80 near Van Meter.
23.3 Water reaches the bottom of the I-80 bridge near Van Meter.
22.7 Water is at the shoulder of the southbound I-35 exit to Iowa 5.
21 The rangers residence at Walnut Woods State Park is affected.
20 Avenue R north just north of the river is overtopped. In West Des Moines...several buildings in Walnut Woods State Park flood.
19 Flooding of several county roads occurs.
17 Secondary bridges are threatened along US 6 east of Adel.
15 Flooding occurs in the sand and gravel quarries just south of I-80.
13 There is overflow onto much of the east bank.
12 Water affects agricultural land primarily along the upstream north bank.

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