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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.

Vertical datum height surveyed by the USGS

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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) 6.43 ft on 06/28/2021 (P)
(2) 6.83 ft on 05/20/2020
(3) 7.13 ft on 05/02/2019
(4) 12.70 ft on 02/22/2018
(5) 7.80 ft on 04/20/2013
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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) 0.07 ft on 09/06/2020
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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 and Riverside Drive between Marion and Bartlett are flooded in their basements. Street flooding closes portions of Northshore Drive and Northside Blvd. Evacuations may be 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 in the area of Veterans Memorial Park, and Riverside Drive in the areas south of Leeper Park, by Keller Park and Woodland Park. 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 low lying residential areas near the river.
6 Flooding is confined to mostly park land and golf courses. 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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As of July 28, 2021 the data source for this location was transitioned from the manual staff gauge of record to the co-located USGS automated stream gauge which was installed in February 7, 2019. This also included a datum change from NGVD29 to NAVD88. The flood of record (12.70ft) occurred prior to the automated gauge installation and was using the manual staff gauge zero datum of 656.90ft NGVD29.

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