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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 at Riverside 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: 9
Moderate Flood Stage: 8
Flood Stage: 7.5
Action Stage: 7
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 11.42 ft on 04/18/2013
(2) 9.90 ft on 08/15/1987
(3) 9.87 ft on 09/14/2008
(4) 9.82 ft on 01/26/1969
(5) 9.24 ft on 07/24/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 8.05 ft on 02/21/2018 (P)
(2) 8.58 ft on 10/15/2017 (P)
(3) 7.90 ft on 07/22/2017
(4) 7.71 ft on 07/15/2017
(5) 7.39 ft on 05/01/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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11.5 Widespread inundation of industrial property and structures north of the river in McCook.
11 Structures threatened at Brookfield Zoo.
10.5 Residences flooded between river at 39th Street in Riverside. Structures are threatened along River Road near the river in Hodgkins. Structures threatened south of 47th Street near the river in McCook.
9.5 Parking areas at Brookfield Zoo threatened. Industrial parking area near the river and I-55 is threatened.
9 Damage begins to residences in vicinity of junction of Salt Creek and the Des Plaines River.
8.5 IL-171 (1st Avenue) threatened near Brookfield Zoo. Water may begin to overflow into the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal near Willow Springs.
8 Park areas are inundated near Salt Creek.
7.5 Flooding affects forest preserve areas.Minor Flood Stage changed to 7.5 feet 9/24/17.
7 Water begins to overflow banks in adjacent forest preserve areas.Action Stage changed 9/24/17

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How much forecast precipitation was used for the current river forecast?
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How low could the river get?
On September 24, 2017, flood stage was changed from 7.0 ft to 7.5 ft. Action stage was changed from 6.0 ft to 7.0 ft.
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