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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Rock River at Rockford (Auburn Street) are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - at Latham Park Upstream Gauge
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 10
Moderate Flood Stage: 8.5
Flood Stage: 6
Action Stage: 5.5
Low Stage (in feet): 1.5

Historic Crests
(1) 10.00 ft on 04/20/1881 (P)
(2) 7.80 ft on 03/26/1975
(3) 7.43 ft on 03/18/2019
(4) 7.39 ft on 06/21/2008
(5) 6.93 ft on 04/20/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 4.01 ft on 08/11/2020
(2) 4.04 ft on 03/29/2020
(3) 5.83 ft on 10/08/2019
(4) 7.43 ft on 03/18/2019
(5) 6.60 ft on 10/07/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.18 ft on 01/09/2020
(2) 1.25 ft on 12/21/2008
(3) 1.27 ft on 02/15/2020
(4) 1.49 ft on 04/26/2018
(5) 1.90 ft on 12/30/2013
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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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12.5 Auburn Street is threatened near the river in Rockford.
10.5 Structures are threatened at Davis Park in downtown Rockford.
9.5 Numerous structures are threatened at the river in downtown Rockford and near Morgan Street and Loomis Street. Davis Park is threatened in downtown Rockford.
9 Residences are threatened along Nelson Boulevard in Rockford. Backwater causes Spring Creek to inundate low-lying areas of Anderson Gardens in Rockford.
8.5 Residences are threatened along River Bluff Court and River Court in Loves Park. Structures are threatened at Sinnissippi Gardens in Rockford including Nicholas Conservatory. Willoughby Terrace is threatened in Rockford.
7.5 Parking lots are threatened along Madison Street in Rockford. Morgan Street and Nelson Boulevard are threatened in Rockford.
6.5 River Bluff Court and River Court are threatened in Loves Park. Marinelli Field is threatened in Blackhawk Park.
5.5 Low-lying sections of the Rock River Recreation Trail are threatened in Rockford. Riverview Mobile Home Park is threatened in Rockford.
5 Low-lying areas of Blackhawk Island are inundated south of Rockford. Low-lying areas of Field Gem Park are inundated south of Rockford.
4.5 Low-lying areas of Blackhawk Park are inundated in Rockford.
(1) Looking downstream. Stage 2.36 ft.
(2) Looking upstream. Stage 2.36 ft.
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1.5 Boats may be left beached at downtown Rockford marinas.
2.0 River nears zero flow except for any water released manually through gates at Fordam Dam.

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