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Old 09-26-2008, 09:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Illinois River Levels on NOAA don't make sense

The various river levels shown on the NOAA site don't make sense:as of this morning, the river is 7.82 BELOW flood level at Morris, 24.61 BELOW
flood level at Marseilles, 3.18 ABOVE flood level at Starved Rock and 2.3 BELOW flood level at LaSalle. There are no dams between Starved Rock and La Salle, so where does the flood water go? (backward up the Vermillion or ??). Why does Starved Rockl show such a divergent reading compared to the other stations (maybe their gage is shot!)
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Old 09-26-2008, 09:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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(maybe their gage is shot!)
Probably so.....The USGS is not a particularly well funded agency. Alot of gauges around the country are being shut down for this reason.

We asked at work about the accuracy of some of the gauges on the Fox and were told some have not been calibrated in 10 years
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I can see calibration an issue. There are different flood levels too.

Also, I hear some wickets are being worked on in peoria. So, nothing to hold back the water.

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Rivers at 452 (flood is 450)- see site:

www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/WaterControl/new/layout.cfm
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Yes, the IL River (at Starved Rock) has dropped some since early this morning, however, the fact remains that all the other neaby gage stations say it has been BELOW flood stage for some time already and the SR gage still says it is ABOVE flod stage.
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This is the best gage I have found.
http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/WaterCon ... LSLI2&dt=S
Click on plot forcast.
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Go to rivergages.com and select Rock Island district. From here you can check various river levels and I find this site to be the most accurate as it run by the corp of engineers. Jim
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