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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Milk River near Harlem 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: 25
Moderate Flood Stage: 23
Flood Stage: 21
Action Stage: 20
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 25.73 ft on 09/29/1986
(2) 25.61 ft on 03/11/1987
(3) 24.46 ft on 04/22/2018
(4) 24.08 ft on 03/28/1978
(5) 23.88 ft on 03/18/1996
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 23.80 ft on 04/12/2023
(2) 24.46 ft on 04/22/2018
(3) 11.19 ft on 05/28/2012
(4) 23.46 ft on 06/11/2011
(5) 20.34 ft on 06/26/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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25.5 Flooding of homes in Harlem and Chinook.
24 Possible flooding of homes and streets in harlem and chinook.Notes: In April 2018, the Chinook water plant was surrounded by water. The water was stopped on the south/west side of the city of Chinook by the roads. Harlem was near 24 feet at the time. Fort Belknap had flooding eventually. Roads/homes were impacted. Harlem had all the flooding from 30 Mile Creek.
23 Escape routes for livestock may be cut off.
22.5 Flooding of approximately 4,000 acres of irrigation land.
22 Flooding of culverts and some county bridges. 2,000 acres of irrigated land flooded.
21 At 21 Feet...the Milk River near Harlem is bankfull. Some minor problems can occur near/along the river from Chinook to east of Harlem. Impacts start to go up quickly as the stage goes above 21 feet. (March 2017)Notes: In April 2018, river at Harlem was 24 feet, and the flooding came from 30 Mile Creek.
(1) Milk River near Harlem beneath Hwy 2 Bridge from gauge house
(2) Milk River near Harlem looking downstream from Hwy 2 Bridge
(3) Milk River near Harlem looking upstream from Hwy 2 Bridge

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Gauge readings available seasonally. Data unavailable during winter months.
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