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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Elkhart River at Goshen are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - at Cosperville Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Elkhart
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 11
Moderate Flood Stage: 9
Flood Stage: 7
Action Stage: 6
Low Stage (in feet): 1.86

Historic Crests
(1) 12.53 ft on 02/21/2018
(2) 11.94 ft on 03/14/1982
(3) 11.87 ft on 02/24/1985
(4) 11.03 ft on 12/30/1990
(5) 10.46 ft on 03/17/1982
(6) 10.40 ft on 02/06/2008
(7) 10.33 ft on 03/05/1979
(8) 10.33 ft on 07/10/1951
(9) 10.27 ft on 10/11/1954
(10) 10.20 ft on 06/09/1993
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 6.92 ft on 02/28/2023
(2) 7.57 ft on 02/17/2022
(3) 5.55 ft on 06/28/2021
(4) 6.77 ft on 01/12/2020
(5) 9.12 ft on 05/01/2019
(6) 12.53 ft on 02/21/2018
(7) 5.58 ft on 05/22/2017
(8) 6.63 ft on 07/15/2015
(9) 6.78 ft on 04/04/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.25 ft on 08/11/1964
(2) 1.77 ft on 10/12/2012
(3) 1.86 ft on 07/18/2012
(4) 1.88 ft on 08/12/2016
(5) 1.88 ft on 09/25/2020
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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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13 At this level, the Goshen wastewater plant operations are likely impacted.
12.5 All-time record flood is in progress with many residences flooded. Water as high as four feet can be expected in some commercial areas.
11 A major flood is in progress with several streets and US 33 through Goshen flooded. Southeast Elkhart also floods. Many evacuations of residential areas are necessary.
10 Several residential streets are flooded in Goshen. US 33 begins to flood. Flooding from Chicago Poke Plaza reaches residential areas near the intersection of Indiana and Berkey Avenues in Goshen.
9 Water closes Chicago Avenue and Denver Street in Goshen. Rogers Park is completely flooded.
8 Some residential and commercial properties near SR 119 are affected by high water.
7 The river reaches flood stage. Goshen, Shanklin, and Rogers Park in Goshen begin to flood. Island, Studebaker, and American Parks in Elkhart begin to flood.
5 The very lowest areas along the Elkhart River begin to flood.
1.86 Lowest river observation during 2012 drought.
(1) Upstream view from gauge site
(2) Downstream view and staff gauge

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