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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 South Bend 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: 9
Moderate Flood Stage: 8
Flood Stage: 5.5
Action Stage: 4.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 12.70 ft on 02/22/2018
(2) 10.90 ft on 01/06/1993
(3) 10.90 ft on 03/15/1982
(4) 10.70 ft on 02/24/1985
(5) 9.60 ft on 01/09/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 12.70 ft on 02/22/2018
(2) 7.80 ft on 04/20/2013
(3) 6.10 ft on 12/16/2011
(4) 6.90 ft on 04/29/2011
(5) 6.00 ft on 04/07/2009
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.00 ft on 09/29/2010
(2) 0.07 ft on 11/29/2008
(3) 1.00 ft on 10/05/2008
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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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11.1 The river is at the 100 year flood level.
11 Business areas near Indiana University at South Bend campus are flooded. Residents in River Commons, near Keller Park, north of Northshore Drive between Angela Blvd and Lafayette Streets are flooded. Flooding closes portions of Northshore Drive and Northside Blvd. Evacuations are necessary and the wastewater treatment plant will be completely flooded.
10 Flooding affects commercial areas near Indiana University at South Bend campus along Northside Blvd.
9 Major flooding is in progress. Flooding almost completely submerges parks and floods local streets near the St. Joseph River.
8 Flood waters begin to affect river parks and roads and may affect portions of Northside Blvd, Riverside and North Shore Drive. High water may cause flooding of basements and interfere with some commercial activities.
7 Flooding is confined to park land and park roads. Some backyard flooding may occur in residential areas near the river.
6 Flooding is confined to mostly park land and golf courses. Northshore Drive...Leeper Park and Petro golf courses begin to flood.
5.5 The river reaches flood stage with the lowest residential areas beginning to flood.
(1) Staff gauge at low flow
(2) South Bend staff gauge
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