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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the North Branch Chicago River at Chicago (Pulaski Rd) 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: 21
Moderate Flood Stage: 20
Flood Stage: 18
Action Stage: 16.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 23.50 ft on 04/18/2013 (P)
(2) 22.90 ft on 09/14/2008
(3) 22.00 ft on 07/24/2010 (P)
(4) 21.50 ft on 02/21/1997 (P)
(5) 21.50 ft on 06/19/2009 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 23.50 ft on 04/18/2013 (P)
(2) 22.00 ft on 07/24/2010 (P)
(3) 21.50 ft on 06/19/2009 (P)
(4) 22.90 ft on 09/14/2008
(5) 21.50 ft on 02/21/1997 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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27.5 Structures are threatened at North Park University.
26 Low-lying property at North Park University is threatened. Low-lying areas in River Park are threatened.
24 Widespread inundation of structures and roadways reaches up to 1 block from the river in the Albany Park neighborhood. Low-lying sections of St. Luke Cemetery are inundated.
23 Intersection of Pulaski Road and Foster Avenue is threatened.
22 Low-lying sections of Bohemian National Cemetery are inundated.
21 Numerous structures and roadways impacted in the Albany Park neighborhood.
20 Water begins to impact structures in the Albany Park neighborhood. Foster Avenue is threatened east of Pulaski Road.
19 Water may impact the Eugene Field Park foot bridge. Foster Avenue flow diversion tunnel reaches capacity.
18 Portions of Eugene Field Park are inundated.
17 Trails in Gompers Park are inundated.
16.5 Water impacts low-lying trails in Eugene Field Park.
16 Low-lying areas of Gompers Park are inundated.
14.5 Water begins to be diverted through the Foster Avenue flow diversion tunnel.

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Flood impact categories (minor/moderate/major) are estimated and subject to future adjustment.
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The National Weather Service prepares its forecasts and other services in collaboration with agencies like the US Geological Survey, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Army Corps of Engineers, Natural Resource Conservation Service, National Park Service, ALERT Users Group, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and many state and local emergency managers across the country. For details, please click here.
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