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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Des Moines River at Keosauqua are issued routinely during the warm season, and as needed at other times of the year.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 27
Moderate Flood Stage: 25
Flood Stage: 22
Action Stage: 21
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 32.66 ft on 07/13/1993
(2) 30.49 ft on 06/16/2008
(3) 28.18 ft on 08/12/2010
(4) 28.02 ft on 04/21/1973
(5) 27.88 ft on 05/29/2019
(6) 27.85 ft on 06/01/1903
(7) 27.23 ft on 04/24/1976
(8) 27.14 ft on 07/17/1982
(9) 27.12 ft on 04/18/2013
(10) 26.39 ft on 05/17/1986
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 19.63 ft on 06/10/2020
(2) 27.88 ft on 05/29/2019
(3) 19.11 ft on 09/06/2018
(4) 21.29 ft on 04/06/2017
(5) 22.81 ft on 12/14/2015
(6) 23.22 ft on 06/26/2015
(7) 21.60 ft on 09/10/2014
(8) 27.12 ft on 04/18/2013
(9) 16.48 ft on 04/19/2012
(10) 25.11 ft on 06/15/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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38 Water affects nearly all of downtown Keosauqua.
36 Water reaches the bottom of the Iowa Highway 1 bridge deck at Keosauqua.
35 Water affects much of downtown Keosauqua.
33.5 Water reaches the bottom of the County Rd J40 bridge deck at Bonaparte.
33 Water reaches a critical level for levees 30 to 50 miles downstream of Keosauqua.
32.5 Water is 1 to 2 feet deep in areas of downtown Keosauqua.
30.5 Water is at the base of the Hotel Manning in Keosauqua.
30 Water affects downtown sections of Keosauqua as well as First Street and the County Road J40 bridge approach in Bonaparte.
29 Water affects residential and commercial areas in Bonaparte.
28 Water affects streets in Keosauqua and affects the approach to the Highway 1 bridge. Water also affects residential areas in Farmington and Bentonsport.
27 Water is over the river banks in Selma, Keosauqua, Bentonsport, Bonaparte, and Farmington.
25 Flooding occurs in Keosauqua, Selma, Bonaparte, and Farmington. Water affects streets near the nursery on the east end of Keosauqua.
22 Water affects low-lying agricultural areas.

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