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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 42
Moderate Flood Stage: 37
Flood Stage: 32
Action Stage: 29
Low Stage (in feet): 5.4

Historic Crests
(1) 48.86 ft on 01/02/2016
(2) 48.49 ft on 08/08/1993
(3) 47.00 ft on 05/24/1995
(4) 46.90 ft on 08/03/1993
(5) 46.36 ft on 06/11/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 37.83 ft on 03/22/2021
(2) 37.49 ft on 01/15/2020
(3) 46.36 ft on 06/11/2019
(4) 36.82 ft on 10/18/2018
(5) 45.99 ft on 05/07/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.60 ft on 01/15/1909
(2) 0.80 ft on 02/01/1902
(3) 1.00 ft on 12/27/1897
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48.86 This flood will exceed the highest stage on record.
43 The flood gate on North Main Street closes.
42 Several homes and structures in southern Cape Girardeau County may be inundated or cut off due to backwater flooding from the Diversion Channel. Evacuations may be required. Thousands of acres are flooded. Numerous roads are closed both along the Mississippi River and due to backwater flooding.
38 The flood gate at Broadway closes.
36 The flood gate on Themis Street closes.
32 Minor flooding occurs. The Mississippi River backs into several creeks producing flooding.
29 The area north of the Little River Diversion Channel begins to flood.
(1) Mississippi River Upstream
(2) Mississippi River Downstream
(3) Gage House
(4) Floodwall

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