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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Illinois River at Beardstown are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Gauge - near Havana Upstream Gauge
Zoom Level:14
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 28
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 14
Action Stage: 13
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 29.81 ft on 04/27/2013
(2) 29.75 ft on 07/02/2015
(3) 29.60 ft on 05/26/1943
(4) 29.41 ft on 05/30/1995
(5) 29.23 ft on 01/05/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 20.15 ft on 02/05/2024 (P)
(2) 13.24 ft on 05/14/2023
(3) 15.91 ft on 04/07/2023
(4) 16.48 ft on 03/12/2023
(5) 13.76 ft on 06/02/2022
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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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35.1 Lost Creek Levee is overtopped.
35 Water overtops the seawall in Beardstown and the South Beardstown levee.
31 Crane Creek Levee is overtopped.
30 Hager Slough is overtopped.
28 Portions of Route 100 are closed due to floodwaters. When down, the BNSF railroad bridge across the Illinois River acts as dam. Big Lake levee is overtopped.
27 Coal Creek Levee overtops at boat landing. Damage begins at Frederick and Browning.
20 Seepage problems begin in the South Beardstown Drainage and Levee District.
18 Seepage problems begin in the Lost Creek Drainage and Levee District.
14.4 Seepage problems begin in the Coal Creek Drainage and Levee District.
14 Minor flooding begins to agricultural areas not protected by levees.
13.6 Beardstown Sanitary District begins pumping basements and low areas subject to flooding.
12 Pumping begins in drainage and levee districts protecting about 59000 acres.
(1) Looking Upstream (Stage: 15.46')
(2) Looking Downstream (Stage: 15.46')

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