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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Big Sioux River above Hawarden 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: 27
Moderate Flood Stage: 24
Flood Stage: 20.5
Action Stage: 18.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 35.20 ft on 03/15/2019
(2) 34.00 ft on 06/22/2018
(3) 32.42 ft on 09/15/2019
(4) 23.02 ft on 03/30/2020
(5) 22.89 ft on 04/13/2023
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 22.89 ft on 04/13/2023
(2) 18.88 ft on 06/01/2022
(3) 17.30 ft on 08/30/2021
(4) 23.02 ft on 03/30/2020
(5) 32.42 ft on 09/15/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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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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32 Water backs up into the park in Hawarden, and some basements and sewers could begin to have problems.
30.5 Iowa Highway 10 begins to flood.
30 South Dakota Highway 46 begins to flood north of Hawarden.
29.5 County Road 13 begins to flood west of Hawarden.
28.5 River Road begins to flood about 1 1/2 miles south of County Road 13.
24 Some farm houses on the South Dakota side of the river are isolated by high water.
20.5 Agricultural flooding begins on the South Dakota side of the river.
(1) Downstream View (at CR13/10th St Bridge - 9/1/2023)
(2) Upstream View (at CR 13/10th St Bridge - 9/1/2023))

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This location became the official NWS river forecast point for the Big Sioux River near Hawarden on January 1, 2017. On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, the elevation defining Flood Stage for HWDI4 will be changed from 19.0 feet to 20.5 feet. How low could the river get?
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