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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 Russell are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - near Gurnee
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 10
Moderate Flood Stage: 9
Flood Stage: 7
Action Stage: 6.5
Low Stage (in feet): 1

Historic Crests
(1) 12.11 ft on 07/14/2017
(2) 11.09 ft on 05/23/2004
(3) 10.75 ft on 09/27/1986
(4) 10.75 ft on 03/06/1976
(5) 10.51 ft on 08/24/2007
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 7.10 ft on 03/12/2021
(2) 8.90 ft on 05/20/2020
(3) 9.03 ft on 05/01/2020
(4) 7.87 ft on 03/31/2020
(5) 7.00 ft on 10/31/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.76 ft on 09/29/1994
(2) 0.80 ft on 08/11/2005
(3) 1.09 ft on 07/18/2012
(4) 1.10 ft on 10/03/1991
(5) 1.15 ft on 08/18/2006
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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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16 Commercial parking lots threatened along Skokie Highway (US-41).
15 Kilbourne Road threatened.
13.5 Wadsworth Road threatened in Wadsworth.
13 Skokie Highway (US-41) threatened south of Wadsworth Road in Wadsworth. Widespread inundation reaches up to a half mile from the river in Russell and Wadsworth.
12.5 Rosecrans Road (IL-173) threatened near Wadsworth.
12 Residential structures threatened along Ingram Drive. Russell Road threatened. Roadways and trails threatened at Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve.
9.5 Residential structures threatened along Russell Road between the river and Kilbourne Road.
8 Agricultural and park land is inundated near the river. Residential property is threatened near the river.
7 Low-lying wetlands and agricultural land is inundated near the river.
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1.0 River nears zero flow.

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