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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Illinois River at Ottawa 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: 471
Moderate Flood Stage: 467
Flood Stage: 463
Action Stage: 461
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 473.72 ft on 04/19/2013
(2) 472.21 ft on 09/16/2008
(3) 471.49 ft on 02/22/2018 (P)
(4) 470.83 ft on 05/02/2019
(5) 470.23 ft on 03/11/2009
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 470.83 ft on 05/02/2019
(2) 471.49 ft on 02/22/2018 (P)
(3) 463.65 ft on 10/16/2017 (P)
(4) 464.10 ft on 07/23/2017
(5) 466.46 ft on 05/02/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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476 Water reaches the top of the levee at Ottawa High School.
475.5 Backwater causes the Fox River to reach the top of the flood protection wall south of Main Street near Ottawa High School. Water inundates lower-level of residences at Heritage Harbor east of Ottawa.
474.5 Backwater causes the Fox River to reach the top of the levee at Ottawa High School.
474 Structures threatened at Shoreline Boat Club in Ottawa. Main Street at Fox River in Ottawa is threatened and may be closed, blocking the last primary evacuation route for east Ottawa. Water overtops the berm at Waste Water Treatment Plant.
472 West parking lot of St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa is inundated.
471.5 Water reaches top of levee at Ottawa Waste Water Treatment Plant. Backwater causes the Fox River to inundate the YMCA parking lot in Ottawa.
470 Shabbona Street near Ottawa High School is inundated. St. Elizabeth Medical Center property in Ottawa is threatened including the loading dock areas.
469 Backwater causes the Fox River to reach bankfull near the YMCA in Ottawa.
468 River Rescue structure threatened in Ottawa.
467 Green Street near Shoreline Boat Club in Ottawa is inundated, blocking a primary evacuation route for east Ottawa.
466.5 Low-lying sections of Fox River Park in Ottawa are inundated including Hudson Street River Walk. St. Clair Street is threatened in Ottawa.
465.5 Low-lying property near St. Elizabeth Medical Center is threatened. Marquette High School football threatened.
465 Harbor Walk in Heritage Harbor east of Ottawa is inundated.
464 Backwater causes the Fox River to reach bankfull near St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.
462.5 Roadway entrance to Allen Park threatened in Ottawa. Allen Park west boat ramp inundated in Ottawa.
461 River Rescue boat dock inundated in Ottawa.
Photos
(1) Gage equipment located on top of levee near mouth of Fox River.
(2) Levee at Ottawa High School.
(3) Looking downstream from atop levee 9/3/2009. Gage height 459.80 ft.
(4) Looking upstream from atop levee 9/3/2009. Gage height 459.80 ft.

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