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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Wapsipinicon River at Independence are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Anamosa Shaw Rd
Zoom Level:16
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 15
Moderate Flood Stage: 13
Flood Stage: 12
Action Stage: 10
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 22.35 ft on 05/18/1999
(2) 21.11 ft on 07/18/1968
(3) 20.30 ft on 08/26/1990
(4) 19.29 ft on 09/25/2016
(5) 18.86 ft on 06/11/2008
(6) 18.80 ft on 07/24/1999
(7) 18.77 ft on 07/24/2010
(8) 18.74 ft on 06/14/1947
(9) 18.20 ft on 04/30/1951
(10) 18.00 ft on 05/23/2004
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.95 ft on 08/31/2021 (P)
(2) 12.01 ft on 06/10/2020
(3) 13.37 ft on 03/15/2019
(4) 16.86 ft on 09/05/2018
(5) 15.43 ft on 07/23/2017
(6) 19.29 ft on 09/25/2016
(7) 7.35 ft on 05/29/2015
(8) 13.21 ft on 06/20/2014
(9) 14.46 ft on 05/31/2013
(10) 6.84 ft on 05/09/2012
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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22 Water affects Iowa Highway 150 from the cemetery to Three Elms Park Road in Independence. Water also floods most residences and businesses from the river to 2nd Avenue NE.
21.8 Water affects 1st Street from 2nd Avenue E to 3rd Avenue W including the river bridge surface.
21.5 Water reaches the bottom of the 2nd Street S bridge deck and reaches the alleyway on the east bank between 1st Street and 2nd Street S.
21.3 Water reaches the bottom of the railroad bridge on the north end of Independence.
21.1 Water affects the fronts of businesses on 1st Street in Independence.
21 Water affects residences on the south side of 2nd Street S and also reaches the bottom 1st Street bridge deck. Water reaches the guardrails of the Iowa Highway 150 bridge and floods much of the cemetery.
20 Water affects most residences, businesses, and parks in Independence. Flooding also occurs in Fairbank, Littleton, and Central City. Water also floods farmland and a few residences in Quasqueton.
19 Water affects the backs of businesses on 1st Street in Independence.
18 Water affects 1st Street and reaches the bottom of the Iowa Highway 150 bridge deck.
16 Water affects many residences, businesses, and parks in Independence and Littleton.
15 Water affects the cemetery on the south side of Independence. In Littleton, water affects residences along Water, State, and Benton Streets, and cabins west of the river.
14 Water affects residences and streets in low-lying areas of Independence and Littleton.
12 Water affects low-lying streets in Independence.

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