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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Skunk Creek at Sioux Falls 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: 17
Moderate Flood Stage: 15
Flood Stage: 11.5
Action Stage: 9.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 18.23 ft on 03/14/2019
(2) 17.78 ft on 06/17/1957
(3) 15.54 ft on 06/21/1984
(4) 13.64 ft on 03/30/1960
(5) 13.24 ft on 04/06/1969
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 5.92 ft on 08/07/2022
(2) 7.96 ft on 08/28/2021
(3) 7.54 ft on 03/29/2020
(4) 18.23 ft on 03/14/2019
(5) 12.50 ft on 09/21/2018
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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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26 The levees near the gauge may be overtopped.
24 The parking lot for the apartments southeast of the gage is under water.
22 Portions of Marion Road begin to flood without sandbagging and levee protection.
21 Silver Valley Drive is flooded and some homes along Skunk Creek are threatened.
18 Dunham Park is flooded.
17 The flow from Skunk Creek alone, even with all Big Sioux River flow diverted, can begin to cause flooding along the Big Sioux channel in southern Sioux Falls.
16 The bridge on W 12th St is overtopped.
15 The lowest portion of the bike trail under Marion Rd begins to flood.
13 West Madison Street near Le Mesa Drive begins flooding.
12 West 12th Street east of Sertoma Drive begins to flood.
11.5 Minor flooding of rural agricultural land begins, along with some flooding in the parks in Sioux Falls.
9.5 Legacy Park begins to flood.
7.5 The lowest portion of the bike trail under 12th St may begin to flood.
(1) Downstream View (9/20/2023)
(2) Upstream View
(3) Flooding on W. 12th St. April, 2006

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