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Maumee River at Defiance Stage (ft)Observed: 4.72 ft at 4:00PM Nov 18, 2017Observed: 5.21 ft at 5:00PM Nov 18, 2017Observed: 5.61 ft at 6:00PM Nov 18, 2017Observed: 6 ft at 7:00PM Nov 18, 2017Observed: 6.36 ft at 8:00PM Nov 18, 2017Observed: 6.73 ft at 9:00PM Nov 18, 2017Observed: 7.12 ft at 10:00PM Nov 18, 2017Observed: 7.68 ft at 11:00PM Nov 18, 2017Observed: 8.22 ft at 12:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 8.56 ft at 1:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 8.86 ft at 2:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 9.17 ft at 3:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 9.44 ft at 4:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 9.7 ft at 5:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 9.93 ft at 6:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 10.11 ft at 7:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 10.27 ft at 8:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 10.48 ft at 9:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 10.65 ft at 10:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 10.82 ft at 11:00AM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 10.92 ft at 12:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 10.98 ft at 1:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.05 ft at 2:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.16 ft at 3:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.26 ft at 4:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.37 ft at 5:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.44 ft at 6:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.54 ft at 7:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.63 ft at 8:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.73 ft at 9:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.81 ft at 10:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.89 ft at 11:00PM Nov 19, 2017Observed: 11.93 ft at 12:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12 ft at 1:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.1 ft at 2:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.13 ft at 3:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.17 ft at 4:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.24 ft at 5:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.29 ft at 6:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.32 ft at 7:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.35 ft at 8:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.4 ft at 9:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.43 ft at 10:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.47 ft at 11:00AM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.53 ft at 12:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.56 ft at 1:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.57 ft at 2:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.56 ft at 3:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.57 ft at 4:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.58 ft at 5:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.58 ft at 6:00PM Nov 20, 2017Highest Observation: 12.6 ft at 7:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.59 ft at 8:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.59 ft at 9:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.58 ft at 10:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.56 ft at 11:00PM Nov 20, 2017Observed: 12.52 ft at 12:00AM Nov 21, 2017Observed: 12.51 ft at 1:00AM Nov 21, 2017Observed: 12.46 ft at 2:00AM Nov 21, 2017Highest Forecast: 12 ft 7:00AM Nov 21, 2017Forecast: 11.3 ft 1:00PM Nov 21, 2017Forecast: 10.6 ft 7:00PM Nov 21, 2017Forecast: 9.8 ft 1:00AM Nov 22, 2017Forecast: 9.1 ft 7:00AM Nov 22, 2017Forecast: 8.3 ft 1:00PM Nov 22, 2017Forecast: 7.6 ft 7:00PM Nov 22, 2017Forecast: 7 ft 1:00AM Nov 23, 2017Forecast: 6.7 ft 7:00AM Nov 23, 2017Forecast: 6.4 ft 1:00PM Nov 23, 2017Forecast: 6.1 ft 7:00PM Nov 23, 2017Forecast: 5.9 ft 1:00AM Nov 24, 2017Forecast: 5.7 ft 7:00AM Nov 24, 2017Forecast: 5.5 ft 1:00PM Nov 24, 2017Forecast: 5.3 ft 7:00PM Nov 24, 2017Forecast: 5.2 ft 1:00AM Nov 25, 2017Forecast: 5 ft 7:00AM Nov 25, 2017Forecast: 4.9 ft 1:00PM Nov 25, 2017Forecast: 4.7 ft 7:00PM Nov 25, 2017National Weather Service Northern IndianaDEFO1(plotting HGIRP) Graph Created (2:52AM Nov 21, 2017)ObservedForecast (issued 8:43PM Nov 20)Latest observed value: 12.46 ft at 2:00 AM EST 21-Nov-2017. Flood Stage is 10 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Maumee River at Defiance are issued routinely year-round.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 15
Flood Stage: 10
Action Stage: 8
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 26.00 ft on 03/26/1913
(2) 20.50 ft on 03/15/1982
(3) 18.85 ft on 06/29/2015
(4) 18.50 ft on 02/25/1985
(5) 17.97 ft on 02/08/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 10.17 ft on 07/12/2017
(2) 12.28 ft on 12/30/2015
(3) 18.85 ft on 06/29/2015
(4) 14.46 ft on 06/18/2015
(5) 11.26 ft on 04/20/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.00 ft on 08/02/1945
(2) 0.01 ft on 10/11/2008
(3) 0.20 ft on 09/20/1948
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20 A record flood is in progress in the city of Defiance with numerous flood losses.
19 East side station pumps are activated at this level.
18.5 Flooding of the Social Security building begins. Homes on the 700 Block of Riverside Drive and Spafford Street become surrounged by flood water. Third Street and Holgate Avenue begin to flood.
18.3 Flood water closes Perry Street at First Street.
18.1 Water crosses east Second Street at Auglaize Street. Flood waters cross over Riverside Avenue at Horace Street.
17.8 Third Street Viaduct and Fort Street flood. Holgae Avenue is closed by flood water. Basements in the Defiance business district flood.
17.5 Flood water covers the road at Jackson and West First streets.
17.2 East Second...Auglaize...Jackson...First and East River streets closed by flood waters. Basement of house at 409 Fort Street floods at this level.
17 Fort...Jefferson and East Second streets flood.
16.5 The Kingsbury Park area is closed due to flooding. Many roads are closed due to high water.
16 The corner of second and Auglaize streets...Summit between Front and First Street and 80 percent of Kingsbury Park flood. Watson Road and South State Route 66 at Powell Creek are closed by flood waters.
15.3 Mobile home park in Kingsbury Court floods and water is at the rear of houses along the 700 block of North Riverside Avenue and West River Drive.
15 North end of East Front and Wayne Streets and areas between Main and Prospect Streets flood.
14 Corner of East First and Auglaize Streets and parts of Second and Hopkins Streets flood.
13.7 The parking lot behind old Leever Glass Company floods. Rear houses at 600 block of Riverside Avenue and 312 Auglaize Street and the basement of Charlie's Downunder on Clinton Street flood.
13 Flooding occurs along Auglaize...East Front and Summit Streets near State Routes 424 and 281.
12.3 Flooding begins on Auglaize and East Front Streets and in the rear of the building at Leever Glass.
10 Flooding occurs in Kingsbury and Pontiac Parks.
(1) Upstream view from gauge site
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Latitude: 41.279167° N, Longitude: 84.386667° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 10 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 658.56 ft 668.56 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
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