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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Buffalo River near St Joe are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 50
Moderate Flood Stage: 35
Flood Stage: 27
Action Stage: 20
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 53.75 ft on 12/03/1982
(2) 50.50 ft on 08/01/1915
(3) 49.41 ft on 03/19/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 27.67 ft on 03/25/2023
(2) 34.47 ft on 04/30/2017
(3) 45.58 ft on 12/28/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 2.10 ft on 09/16/1954
(2) 2.17 ft on 09/06/1980
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53.8 The crest of record is 53.8 feet which occurred December 3rd 1982. Incredible flooding experienced with the bridges or approach roads to the bridges on U.S. Highway 65 and State Highway 14 overtopped. Lower lying portion of the town of Gilbert may flood.
50 Water is near U.S. 65 Highway Bridge lower steel. Recreational facilities in the lower lying areas along the river in the vicinity of Gilbert will flood. Buffalo river crested at 49.4 feet March 19 2008. There has been three crest over 49 feet since 1915, December 1982 crest of 53.8 feet, August 1915 crest of 50.5 feet and the March 2008 crest of 49.4 feet.
46.5 Crest of April 25 2004 was 46.51 feet. Primary impacts are to the recreational facilities of the National Park Service, such as Tyler Bend Campground near U.S. Highway 65. River is swift and dangerous and may be carrying a tremendous amount of debris. Floating and other recreational activities on and along the river should be avoided.
45 Buffalo River has crested over 45 feet at the U.S. Highway 65 gage six times since 1915. These events occurred in August 1915, November 1973, December 1982, April 2004, March 2008, and December 2015. River is swift, dangerous, and carrying a large amount of debris. Activities on and around the river should be avoided.
42 River crested in May 1990 at this level. Expect similar damages and impacts. River has crested above 42 feet at the gage on U.S. Highway 65 bridge eight times since 1915.
35 All of Tyler Bend Access Area is flooded. Backwater up Bear, Mill, and Calf Creeks flood an extensive area of the valley. River has crested above 35 feet at the U.S. Highway 65 gage at least nineteen times since 1915.
27 Tyler Bend Access Area begins to flood. Some campsites are under water and Comfort Station is flooded.
20 Limited impacts due to the lack of private property along the river. Some access points and public facilities will be effected. The National Park Service has recommended that float activities stop well below this flow level and conditions are dangerous to recreational floaters. Floodplain along the North Bank begins to flood.
(1) Buffalo River looking downstream
(2) Buffalo River looking upstream

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