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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the North Platte River at North Platte are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Brady
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 7
Moderate Flood Stage: 6.5
Flood Stage: 6
Action Stage: 5.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 7.73 ft on 06/21/2011
(2) 6.87 ft on 06/14/2016
(3) 6.71 ft on 06/10/1971
(4) 6.67 ft on 06/28/1983
(5) 6.63 ft on 08/23/1983
(6) 6.58 ft on 10/02/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 5.91 ft on 10/30/2018
(2) 6.35 ft on 10/04/2016
(3) 6.87 ft on 06/14/2016
(4) 5.94 ft on 08/08/2015
(5) 5.51 ft on 08/04/2014
(6) 5.79 ft on 07/08/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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10 Flood waters will reach the low steel of the Highway 83 bridge near North Platte. Flood waters will also reach the low steel of the railroad bridge located two miles downstream of the Highway 83 bridge.
9 Major and widespread flooding along both banks of the North Platte River. Major and widespread flooding of Rivers Edge Golf Course, properties near west 18th street, Cody Park and residential properties to the north of East 16th Street may occur without proper protection.
8 Without proper protection, widespread flooding will continue at Cody Park as flood waters from the boat ramp cross the paved access road along the northwest edge of the park and flood portions of the park.
7.5 River flooding along the North Platte River and groundwater flooding will worsen. Widespread flooding of agricultural land is expected. Homes and access to homes will continue to be impaired.
7.2 Major and widespread flooding along the north bank of the North Platte River south of North River Road and west of Highway 83. Flooding on North Washboard Road to the north and south of North River Road. Widespread flooding to residences and outbuildings along and south of North River Road with access to properties significantly impaired. Widespread flooding worsens south side of the river, including Cody Park and areas between the Rivers Edge Golf Course and Buffalo Bill Campground.
7 Major and widespread flooding along the south bank of the North Platte River. Without protection, water may begin to encroach on residences and outbuildings along the north bank of the river, west of Highway 83 and south of North River Road. Access to properties may become impaired. Major and widespread flooding along the south bank from the Buffalo Bill Campground to Cody Park in North Platte.
6.8 Without protection, water may reach homes along the south side of the North Platte River. Flooding of outbuildings and structures worsen, with a few structures surrounded by water a few feet deep. Flooding may begin on the north side of the river, south of North River Road and south of Hall School Road. Groundwater levels will rise, with groundwater flooding impacting a few locations.
6.5 Moderate and more widespread flooding of agricultural land begins along the south bank of the North Platte River. Water encroachment into a few outbuildings and structures begins on the south side of the river between the Golf Course and Buffalo Bill Campground. Homes with crawl spaces and cellars will experience flooding. Septic issues in rural areas and water encroachment into low lying areas of Cody Park worsens.
6.25 Minor flooding continues along the south side of the river. Homes in rural areas may begin to experience septic issues, with flooding of crawl spaces and cellars possible. Water begins to back up normally dry channels, flooding agricultural land. At this level on the north side of the river, water will begin to flow along North River Road upstream from the substation. Groundwater levels will begin to rise and some minor ponding of water may begin behind the stockyards and in other low areas.
6 Minor flood stage. Minor flooding begins in low lying and agricultural areas along the south bank of the North Platte River. Flooding of yards between the golf course and Buffalo Bill Campground are possible. Minor water intrusions into low lying areas of Cody Park in North Platte begins. People should use caution in the water and along the banks of the river, especially near Cody Park.
Photos
(1) North Platte River at North Platte - June 22, 2011
(2) North Platte River at North Platte - Gage
(3) North Platte River at North Platte - looking toward the north
(4) North Platte River at North Platte - Highway 83 Bridge June 22, 2011
(5) North Platte River at North Platte - looking upstream June 22, 2011
(6) North Platte River June 22, 2011
(7) High water on the North Platte River in 2011
(8) Temporary dike in Cody Park in 2011
(9) High water on the North Platte River
(10) Ice on the North Platte River near Cody Park
(11) Ice on the North Platte River downstream from the Highway 83 Bridge

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