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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Red River of the North at Wahpeton 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: 15
Moderate Flood Stage: 13
Flood Stage: 11
Action Stage: 9.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 19.42 ft on 04/06/1997
(2) 17.95 ft on 04/05/1989
(3) 17.50 ft on 03/24/2009
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.18 ft on 06/01/2022 (P)
(2) 8.48 ft on 03/10/2021
(3) 10.21 ft on 04/08/2020
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.63 ft on 08/29/1976
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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22.5 Top of the permanent dike.
18 Close dike openings at Minnesota St (MN) and Dakota St (ND). Close dike openings at railroad bridge (requires removal of railroad tracks).
17.5 RECORD FLOOD. Post-Diversion Flood of Record (March 24, 2009). Post-1900 Flood Flow of Record (10.4 kcfs on March 24, 2009).
16.5 City mobilizes as patrolling of levees and storm sewer outlets begins.
16 Wells Park floods. Flooding of a portion of the sanitary sewer system begins.
15 MAJOR FLOOD. Wahpeton storm sewer outlets and Main Sreet closed.
13.5 North Main Street and bridge closed (Breckenridge).
13 MODERATE FLOOD. Start to put up flood wall (Breckenridge) if river is forecast to go above 15 feet.
12 Storm sewer valves are closed and interior pumping begins (Breckenridge).
11.6 Otter Tail River water starts to flow into the Breckenridge Diversion. Water on Main Street (Breckenridge).
8 Otter Tail River starts to overflow downstream of Highway 75 bridge. This breakout flow will enter the Red River 600 feet downstream of the gage. As stage rises, water fans out and floods the entire east side of bottomlands.
7 Close storm sewer outfalls.

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