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Forecasts for the Rock River at Watertown are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Jefferson
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 6.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 6
Flood Stage: 5.5
Action Stage: 4
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 7.81 ft on 06/13/2008
(2) 6.96 ft on 01/17/1997
(3) 6.32 ft on 04/04/1959
(4) 6.19 ft on 03/31/1979
(5) 6.09 ft on 06/12/2004
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 5.94 ft on 09/07/2018 (P)
(2) 5.77 ft on 08/17/2018 (P)
(3) 4.42 ft on 03/12/2017
(4) 3.72 ft on 01/30/2017
(5) 4.44 ft on 04/10/2015 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.25 ft on 10/15/1939
(2) 0.49 ft on 09/19/2012
(3) 0.54 ft on 09/05/2005
(4) 0.58 ft on 06/26/2012
(5) 0.66 ft on 09/12/2003
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7.11 This level is the 1 percent chance flood meaning that there is a 1 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level. Floodwaters affect some streets in Watertown. Riverside Park is flooded. About 6 miles upstream near Ixonia, Wayside park along Highway 16, Kanow Park and Rock River Road near Highway 16 are flooded.
6.65 This level is the 2 percent chance flood meaning that there is a 2 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level. Floodwaters affect some streets in Watertown. Water is in Riverside Park. About 6 miles upstream near Ixonia, Wayside park along Highway 16, Kanow Park and Rock River Road near Highway 16 are flooded.
6 Water nears some streets in Watertown. Water is in Riverside Park in Watertown. About 6 miles upstream near Ixonia, Wayside park on Highway 16, Kanow Park and Rock River Road near Highway 16 are flooded.
5.91 This level is the 4 percent chance flood meaning that there is a 4 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level. There is widespread lowland flooding in rural areas around Watertown. About 6 miles upstream near Ixonia, Wayside park along Highway 16, Kanow Park and Rock River Road near Highway 16 are flooded.
5.5 There is widespread lowland flooding in rural areas around Watertown. About 6 miles upstream near Ixonia, Wayside park along Highway 16, Kanow Park and Rock River Road near Highway 16 are flooded.
5.34 About 6 miles upstream near Ixonia, Wayside park on Highway 16, Kanow Park and Rock River Road near Highway 16 are flooded. This level is the 10 percent chance flood meaning that there is a 10 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level.
5 There is minor lowland flooding in rural areas around Watertown. About 6 miles upstream near Ixonia, Wayside Park, Rock River Road and Kanow Park near Highway 16 are flooded.
4.84 There is minor lowland flooding in rural areas around Watertown. About 6 miles upstream near Ixonia, Wayside park and Kanow Park and Rock River Road near Highway 16 are closed. This level is the 20 percent chance flood meaning that there is a 20 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level.
4.7 There is minor lowland flooding in rural areas around Watertown. About 6 miles upstream near Ixonia, Wayside park and Kanow Park on Rock River Road near Highway 16 are flooded. Water touches Rock River Road off of Highway 16.
4 There is minor lowland flooding in rural areas around Watertown. Flood waters start to affect Wayside park on Highway 16 as well as Kanow Park on Rock River Road about 6 miles upstream near Ixonia.
3.97 There is minor lowland flooding in rural areas around Watertown. Floodwaters affect a wayside park on Highway 16 about 6 miles upstream near Ixonia, as well as Kanow Park on Rock River Road near Ixonia. This level is about a 50 percent chance flood meaning there is a 50 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level.
Photos
(1) Aerial photo looking south-Rock River at Watertown, WI
(2) Aerial photo looking west-Rock River at Watertown, WI
(3) Minor flooding from Rock River around Ixonia, WI

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