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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Des Plaines River near Des Plaines 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: 19
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 15
Action Stage: 13.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 20.92 ft on 04/19/2013
(2) 20.88 ft on 10/01/1986
(3) 20.00 ft on 09/14/2008
(4) 19.88 ft on 07/14/2017 (P)
(5) 18.77 ft on 08/14/1987
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 15.99 ft on 02/21/2018 (P)
(2) 15.84 ft on 10/15/2017 (P)
(3) 19.88 ft on 07/14/2017 (P)
(4) 15.84 ft on 05/02/2017
(5) 15.75 ft on 04/06/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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20 Flooding affects large areas near the river with numerous homes impacted.
18.6 Melrose Park - 1st Avenue pump station floods.
18.5 Flood waters affect residential areas of Big Bend Drive, Mason Lane, River Road, and Howard.
17 Water on pavement of 1700 block of Busse Highway, at River Rd and Gregory, Central Road, and Big Bend Drive.
15.5 Water reaches some backyards along Big Bend Drive.
15 Roads in the forest preserve begin to flood.
13.5 Water overflows into campground and forest preserve.
11.5 Des Plaines River trail at Miner St underpass floods.

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** IMPORTANT ** On November 14 2014, The gage zero datum at this USGS streamgage was changed by 10.0 feet. At that time, all river stages, existing flood thresholds, and impacts were increased by 10 feet. For example, flood stage was changed from 5.0 ft to 15.0 ft. All historical crests have been converted to new datum.

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