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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Red Cedar River at East Lansing are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - at Williamston Upstream Gauge
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 13
Moderate Flood Stage: 10
Flood Stage: 7
Action Stage: 6
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 13.40 ft on 03/24/1904
(2) 11.95 ft on 04/20/1975
(3) 11.58 ft on 04/07/1947
(4) 10.70 ft on 03/15/1918
(5) 10.47 ft on 03/20/1948
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 7.80 ft on 01/14/2020 (P)
(2) 10.28 ft on 02/22/2018
(3) 8.48 ft on 04/08/2017
(4) 5.87 ft on 04/12/2016
(5) 6.22 ft on 06/24/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 2.91 ft on 05/17/2000
(2) 3.00 ft on 07/31/1931
(3) 3.03 ft on 08/11/1964
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13 Expect major widespread flooding of homes and businesses in area around the mouth of the Red Cedar along Sprint, Hazel, Elm, South, Clear, River, Cedar, and Beech Streets. Apartments flooded on South Washington and East Main Street. Kellogg Center, Armstrong Hall, Bailey Hall, Van Hoosen Hall, Chapel, Emmons Hall, and University Village impacted by high water.
12 Expect moderate flooding of Jenison Fieldhouse, Intramural Sports Circle, Demonstration Hall on the Michigan State University campus. University Village begins to be impacted by flood waters.
11.5 Expect moderate widespread flooding of homes and businesses in the Kalamazoo and Clippert Street, South Street, and Cedar and Beech Street areas of Lansing.
10.5 Expect moderate flooding of homes and businesses in the Cedar and Beech Streets area, South Street, and 1.5 miles downstream of gage site.
10 Jenison Fieldhouse, Intramural Sports Circle, Demonstration Hall on the Michigan State University campus impacted by flood water.
9 Jenison Fieldhouse and Intramural Sports Circle on the Michigan State University begin to get impacted by flood water.
8.5 Minor flooding of farmland, Michigan State University athletic fields, and secondary roads.
8 Expect minor flooding of the Michigan State University athletic fields. The Potter Park Zoo parking lot in Lansing begins to flood.
7 Expect minor flooding of low lying areas, adjacent parks, and farmland.
6 River reaches bankfull and low lying areas flood.
Photos
(1) Red Cedar River at East Lansing - Looking Downstream
(2) USGS Gaging Station on the Red Cedar River
(3) Inside the USGS Gaging Station on the Red Cedar River
(4) USGS Staff Gage
(5) USGS Staff Gage
(6) Red Cedar River at East Lansing - Looking Upstream
(7) Flooding of Kobs field and softball field at MSU
(8) Flooding of Red Cedar Golf Course near MSU
(9) 2004 High water resulted in sandbagging near Potter Zoo
(10) 2004 Flooding along the Red Cedar River near the Potter Zoo
(11) 2004 Flooding of Linbergh Dr. along the Red Cedar River
(12) 2004 High Water on the Red Cedar River near Pennsylvania Ave

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