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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the St. Joseph River (MI/IN) at Elkhart are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Locations Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at South Bend
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 27
Moderate Flood Stage: 25
Flood Stage: 24
Action Stage: 23
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 30.00 ft on 03/08/1908
(2) 23.96 ft on 05/06/2019
(3) 23.17 ft on 02/27/2022
(4) 23.03 ft on 03/07/2023
(5) 22.86 ft on 04/09/2014
(6) 22.86 ft on 04/05/2014
(7) 22.86 ft on 04/05/2014
(8) 22.40 ft on 07/23/2015
(9) 22.29 ft on 04/10/2017
(10) 22.22 ft on 07/02/2021

(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 23.03 ft on 03/07/2023
(2) 23.17 ft on 02/27/2022
(3) 22.22 ft on 07/02/2021
(4) 23.96 ft on 05/06/2019
(5) 22.29 ft on 04/10/2017
(6) 22.40 ft on 07/23/2015
(7) 22.86 ft on 04/09/2014
(8) 22.86 ft on 04/05/2014
(9) 22.86 ft on 04/05/2014
(10) 30.00 ft on 03/08/1908

(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 17.05 ft on 08/05/1964
(2) 17.25 ft on 08/26/2020
(3) 17.27 ft on 06/29/2012
(4) 17.34 ft on 07/12/2016
(5) 17.44 ft on 09/15/2011
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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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30.01 Extensive flooding occurs of commercial property along east Jackson Street. Flood water is 1 to 2 feet deep in some businesses with east Jackson Street nearly impassible.
30 Residential flooding from Second Street to and including South Shore Drive. Several city streets become impassible.
29 Extensive flooding of the commercial district along east Jackson Street is in progress.
28 Extensive street flooding is in progress.
27 Water begins to affect businesses on east Jackson Street. Flooding affects a few first floor residences in the South Shore Drive area across from the hospital.
25 Basement flooding begins in residential areas of the 6th Street area and along South Shore Drive.
24 Island park in Elkhart and Kamm's Island in Mishawaka begin to flood.
(1) Downstream from gauge site
(2) Upstrean view from gauge site

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Gauge zero transitioned from 700.00ft NGVD29 to 699.55 NAVD88 on July 9, 2012. How low could the river get?
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