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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Missouri River at Rulo are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 26
Moderate Flood Stage: 21
Flood Stage: 17
Action Stage: 16
Low Stage (in feet): -2

Historic Crests
(1) 28.13 ft on 03/20/2019
(2) 27.26 ft on 06/27/2011
(3) 26.63 ft on 06/23/2010
(4) 25.60 ft on 04/22/1952
(5) 25.37 ft on 07/24/1993
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.63 ft on 05/26/2022
(2) 16.35 ft on 06/25/2021
(3) 18.88 ft on 05/26/2020
(4) 23.18 ft on 10/06/2019
(5) 24.86 ft on 05/29/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -1.39 ft on 01/17/2024
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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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30 Widespread flooding ensues as federal levees begin to be overtopped.
27.26 Significant flooding will encompass a very large area similar to what was experienced in 2011.
26 At this level the levee protecting Big Lake may be overtopped. In addition, Highway 159 in Missouri may begin to flood.
21 Several riverfront cabins along the Nebraska side begin to flood.
20 The Rulo boat ramp begins to flood.
16 Agricultural lowlands along the river begin to flood.
(1) Looking upstream (June 2014)
(2) Looking downstream (June 2014)
(3) Looking upstream from Highway 159 (June 2014)
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-2 This is the lower operating limit for the gage.

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The graph below is from the USGS and represents river discharge.

  • USGS 7-Day Streamflow Duration Hydrograph for this location:
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    Duration Hydrograph Legend

  • USGS Cumulative Streamflow Hydrograph for this location:
    Duration Hydrograph of Cumulative Streamflow

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