Flood Categories (in feet)
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|Low Flow (in CFS):
(1) 29.33 ft on 05/23/1943
(2) 29.04 ft on 01/18/1950
(3) 27.68 ft on 04/27/2013 (P)
(4) 27.50 ft on 06/10/2008
(5) 27.48 ft on 05/03/2011 (P)
(6) 27.25 ft on 03/02/1985
(7) 27.20 ft on 01/17/1930
(8) 27.15 ft on 01/18/2005
(9) 27.11 ft on 06/21/1958
(10) 26.50 ft on 01/06/1991
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(1) 18.50 ft on 04/08/2014 (P)
(2) 27.68 ft on 04/27/2013 (P)
(3) 16.08 ft on 01/17/2013 (P)
(4) 27.48 ft on 05/03/2011 (P)
(5) 21.41 ft on 03/09/2011 (P)
(6) 20.34 ft on 06/29/2010 (P)
(7) 20.42 ft on 02/18/2009 (P)
(8) 27.50 ft on 06/10/2008
(9) 21.00 ft on 03/23/2008 (P)
(10) 24.00 ft on 02/13/2008
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Low Water Records
(1) 1.20 ft on 06/22/1934
(2) 2.25 ft on 08/07/2012
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||Record flood is in progress. The City of Vincennes is threatened. A levee failure at this stage would flood Vincennes with several feet of water. In the flood of 1913 the Wabash was 7 miles wide and stretched from Vincennes to Lawrenceville, Illinois.
||Disastrous flooding in unprotected area of northside of Vincennes along Old Terre Haute Road and Kelso Creek. Lawrence County Illinois floods to Lawrenceville, Illinois. US Highway 41 has water on both sides as southern Knox County is underwater.
||Water is a flood height of record...matching the May 1943 flood crest prior to levee failure on the Illinois side. Serious flooding in much of Lawrence County Illinois and Knox County Indiana. Many evacuations necessary. Disruptions to much of the land transportation routes.
||A major flood is in progress. Water is at critical stage for levee beginning just south of Vincennes. If levees fail, thousands of acres of acres in rural Knox County flood. Levees overtop in Lawrence County Illinois flooding much of Lawrence County. Extensive flooding in unprotected northside area of Vincennes along Old Terre Haute Roads and Kelso Creek.
||In April 2013...the river crested at Vincennes at its highest level since January 1950. Crest level was only a few tenths of a foot higher than June 2008 or May 2011. Levees on both sides of the river held during April 2013.
||During June 2008 levees failed in Lawrence Co. Il and affected 200 homes...with 70 homes damaged. Business 50 and O'Neal Airport just northwest of the Lincoln Memorial Bridge flooded extensively. Lawrenceville Airport located northwest of Lawrenceville and north of US 50 was surrounded by flood waters. A levee failure along the Wabash River near Russellville will have a greater effect on the Lawrenceville Airport with flooding a possiblity. Be concerned of this if Terre Haute rises to 30 feet.
||On May 3, 2011 Knox County reported 38 roads closed because of extensive river flooding along the Wabash and White River. The White River at Hazleton was 29.5 feet, the White River at Petersaburg was 26.8 feet and the White River at Edwardsport was 23.75 feet.
||Russell-Allison Levee failed at this level about one mile downstream of Vincennes during June 2008. The levee also failed along the Embarras River downstream of the Lawrenceville gage when the level on the new Lawrenceville gage read 42.4 feet. Flood waters covered 20,000 to 25,000 acres south of U.S. Highway 50. The evacuation of 200 homes and a campsite occurred in rural Lawrence County Illinois. Water eventually may spread north of U.S. Highway 50 and affect a total of 40,000 to 45,000 acres.
||During June 2008 flood...there was only one way out of St. Francesville Illinois. A failure of nearby levee would have isolated St. Francesville. Record Stage on Embarras River at Lawrenceville and flood level near 27.5 feet at Vincinnes.
||Russell-Allison Levee failed early on May 3, 2011 at about the same level as the failure in June 2008. The levee break was southwest of Westport, Illinois near the confluence of the Wabash and Embarras River. The levee broke in three locations on the west side of the Wabash River. Farmland around the small town of Billet, Illinois was flooded. Flood waters were 3 feet below the levee protecting Billet, Illinois.
||Within hours after the failure of the Russell-Allison Levee on May 3, 2011, flood waters moved northward and flooded Illinois SR 33...Old Business 50 and several Lawrence County Illinois roads. Indiana SR 441 at the Lincoln Memorial Bridge was closed because of this flooding. Airplanes and cars at Westport, Illinois were moved to higher ground when the water first started over the top of the levee. Flood waters were 3 feet lower than June 2008 and did not go as far north.
||Water flooding over the top of the Illinois levee just west of Vincennes near the confluence of the Embarras and Wabash Rivers on May 2, 2011. Water at it highest level since the Great Flood of June 2008 at Vincennes...but about 2 feet lower on the Embarras River at Lawrenceville.
||Water is very close to the top of the levee on the Illinois side. Evacuations are necessary in Old Terre Haute area. Sawmill floods. Kelso Creek fills with backwater. Levees are patrolled. Water at critical stage for Niblack levee.
||Flood fighting becomes serious. Rural levees are near or above critical stage. Extensive flooding along Old Terre Haute Road. Many river cabins flood. Water is 3 to 4 feet deep at Vincennes Boat Club. Numerous local roads flood.
||On May 6, 2011 after cresting at 27.5 feet and with the Embarras River at Lawrenceville at 37 feet following a levee overtopping near the conflunce of the Wabash and Embarras Rivers...Illinois SR 33 through and north of Wesport...Birds Road Road Bridge and secondary roads in southeast Lawrence County Illinois remained flooded. Several homes at Lake Lawrence were surrounded by water. The area flooded was primarily east of Illinois SR 1 and south of U.S. Highway 50 in Lawrence County Illinois.
||Water is at critical stage for England Pond Levee on Illinois side. Pearl City extensively floods. Installation of flood Gates is required for the city of Vincennes. Flooding occurs in Old Vincennes area. Extensive agricultural flooding continues.
||On the northside of Vincennes near Old Terre Haute Road, sawmill extensively floods including the concrete structures. Flood waters surround about 5 to 10 houses just west of road near the Executive Inn. Kelso Creek has extensive backwater. Wabash River is within a few inches of closing Oliphant Drive at Kelso Creek. A heavy local rain would cause severe flooding to shopping center near Kelso Creek. Fort Knox Roads floods at Snapp Creek. Park located on Fort Knox Road also floods.
||The rural route between St. Francesville, Illinois and Vincennes, Indiana floods by several feet at the Embarras River. Flood water from the Wabash River affect the Embarras River upstream to Lawrenceville, Illinois. Fort Knox Road and Kimmell Park extensively floods. Backwater for the Wabash River causes extensive agricultural flooding along the Embarras River in Lawrence County Illinois.
||Water is at critical stage for portions of the Brevoort Levee and Russell-Allison Levees. Seep water becomes a problem in rural areas protected by levees. Commercial and a few residential areas flood along Old Vincennes Road. Extensive agricultural flooding is in progress.
||Extensive flooding is in progress on the northside of Vincennes along Old Terre Haute Road. Flooding affects local sawmill. At least 1 family may move from their home. The river is more than a mile wide at the Red Skelton Bridge.
||Almost all unprotected areas flood. River cabins are surrounded by high water. Oil fields in lowland areas are inaccessible by land vehicles. Most local river roads flood.
||Extensive agricultural flooding in progress in areas that are not protected by levees. In Lawrence County IllinoIs...River Road is flooded from the Lincoln Memorial Bridge to the east edge of Billett.
||Kimmell Park at Vincennes is extensively flooded. River cabins begin to flood. Extensive lowland flooding occurs in unprotected areas.
||Agricultural lands and some oil fields flood. Several township roads about 1.25 miles south of St. Francesville and River Road between Billett Road and Lincoln Memorial Bridge in Lawrence County are flooded. Extensive flooding of Kimmell Park at Vincennes.
||Considerable agricultural flooding extends from just north of the junction of Illinois 33 with Business 50 to the St. Francesville, Illinois area. River Road from Lincoln Memorial Bridge to Billett Rd is impassable. Extensive seep water forms behind Illinois levees extending from Russellville to U.S. Highway 50. Flooding of agricultural land begins in Knox County Indiana west of the railroad extending for the Oaktown area to the northside of Vincennes. Extensive flooding of Small Creek.
||Some flooding Kimmell Park in Vincennes. Agricultural lands flood in the St. Francisville, Illinois area.
||Agricultural flooding begins in the St. Francesville, Illinois area.
||Bankfull level in the St. Francisville, Illinois area and the river begins to flood a few low spots.
||Pumping of drainage ditch begins.
(1) Westport, Il. looking west. Courtesy S. Sievers
(2) Westport, Il. looking west another view. Courtesy S. Sievers
(3) Westport, Il. after levee failures. Courtesy S. Sievers.
(4) Lincoln Memorial Bridge. Courtesy S. Sievers.
(5) George Rogers Clark Memorial. Courtesy S. Sievers.
(6) Francis Vigo. Courtesy S. Sievers
(7) Looking north from Lincoln Memorial Bridge. Courtesy S. Sievers.