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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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Upstream Gauge - at Lincolnshire Upstream Gauge
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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) 19.92 ft on 07/14/2017
(5) 19.00 ft on 07/04/1938
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 15.84 ft on 05/01/2019
(2) 15.30 ft on 03/16/2019
(3) 16.17 ft on 09/04/2018
(4) 15.98 ft on 02/21/2018
(5) 15.87 ft on 10/15/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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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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22.5 Structures threatened at Chicago Executive Airport in Prospect Heights.
21.5 Taxiways and runways threatened at Chicago Executive Airport in Prospect Heights.
21 Milwaukee Avenue threatened at Palatine Road in Prospect Heights. Algonquin Road threatened east of the river in Des Plaines.
20 Water reaches the top of the floodwall along Miner Street causing numerous structures and roadways to be threatened near Miner Street and Busse Highway in Des Plaines. Structures threatened along Prairie Avenue near South River Road in Des Plaines.
18.5 Big Bend Road threatened in Des Plaines.
17 Central Avenue and Golf Road are threatened in Des Plaines.
15 Buildings threatened at Methodist Campground in Des Plaines. Forest preserve roadways are threatened.
14 Low-lying Methodist Campground property and forest preserve property threatened near Des Plaines.
13 Camp Ground Road and Des Plaines River Trail threatened near Miner Street in Des Plaines.
12 Low-lying sections of the Des Plaines River Trail are threatened near Des Plaines.

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