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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Missouri River at St. Joseph are issued routinely year-round.

Vertical datum updated to 789.27 ft. NAVD88 or 788.95 ft. NGVD29.  More information - click here

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 27
Moderate Flood Stage: 21
Flood Stage: 17
Action Stage: 14
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 32.07 ft on 03/22/2019
(2) 32.07 ft on 07/26/1993
(3) 29.97 ft on 06/28/2011
(4) 27.20 ft on 04/29/1881
(5) 26.82 ft on 04/22/1952
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 20.40 ft on 06/25/2021
(2) 19.55 ft on 05/27/2020
(3) 24.74 ft on 10/03/2019
(4) 32.07 ft on 03/22/2019
(5) 19.02 ft on 12/02/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -2.30 ft on 01/18/1957
(2) -0.08 ft on 02/28/2022
(3) 0.00 ft on 12/18/1940
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31.5 The levee system will likely be overtopped, causing flooding in the town of Elwood and the eastern edge of Wathena.
30 St. Joseph public works building on 3rd Street floods.
24 A residential area in northwest St. Joseph begins to flood.
21 Riverfront Park in St. Joseph begins to flood.
19 Backwater from the Missouri River floods property along the Nodaway river at Nodaway, Missouri.
17 Lowland flooding upstream and downstream from St. Joseph occurs.

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