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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Cannon River at Northfield 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: 900
Moderate Flood Stage: 899
Flood Stage: 897
Action Stage: 895
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 901.50 ft on 09/24/2010
(2) 901.30 ft on 09/24/2016
(3) 899.70 ft on 06/20/2014
(4) 899.45 ft on 07/13/2013
(5) 899.10 ft on 03/22/2019
(6) 898.40 ft on 04/12/2001
(7) 898.13 ft on 10/06/2019
(8) 896.30 ft on 09/06/2018
(9) 895.87 ft on 03/30/2020
(10) 895.10 ft on 05/17/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 893.96 ft on 03/25/2021 (P)
(2) 895.87 ft on 03/30/2020
(3) 898.13 ft on 10/06/2019
(4) 899.10 ft on 03/22/2019
(5) 896.30 ft on 09/06/2018
(6) 895.10 ft on 05/17/2017
(7) 901.30 ft on 09/24/2016
(8) 893.10 ft on 09/11/2015
(9) 899.70 ft on 06/20/2014
(10) 899.45 ft on 07/13/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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903 Hwy 3 floods north of 5th Street.
902 Hwy 19 Bridge over Spring Creek on Carleton campus floods.
901.5 Water reaches bottom of deck on 2nd Street bridge.
901 Lower windows breached on buildings on west side of river (Froggy's, Law offices).
900.5 Northfield Fire building threatened by flood waters; parking lot flooded, water reaches building.
900 A few properties on east side of river, above the dam, flood near downtown Northfield.
899.5 Water reaches top of wall on east side of town near dam, as well as west side downstream of dam below Froggy's.
899 Laird Stadium at Carleton College begins to flood; west gymnasium threatened.
897.5 Flood waters reach Carleton College soccer fields. Babcock Park north of downtown begins to flood.
897 Water backs up into businesses along river in downtown Northfield. Riverwalk on west side of town begins to flood.

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