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Chippewa River (WI) at Eau Claire Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 759.9 ft at 11:00PM Feb 05, 2016City of Eau ClaireECLW3(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (2:30PM Feb 6, 2016)ObservedLatest observed value: 759.9 ft at 11:00 PM CST 5-Feb-2016. Flood Stage is 773 ft
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Datum: NAVD88
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 48 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Chippewa River (WI) at Eau Claire 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: 778
Moderate Flood Stage: 776
Flood Stage: 773
Action Stage: 764
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 781.00 ft on 09/01/1941
(2) 779.60 ft on 04/02/1967
(3) 778.90 ft on 06/21/1993
(4) 778.50 ft on 05/03/1954
(5) 777.80 ft on 09/25/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 768.50 ft on 06/22/2013
(2) 766.50 ft on 06/08/2013
(3) 776.80 ft on 06/02/2013 (P)
(4) 770.90 ft on 05/23/2013
(5) 765.70 ft on 06/23/2012
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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778.5 Additional downtown stores and some homes begin experiencing basement flooding.
776 The 1st Avenue and Chippewa Street intersection may flood.
775 Some downtown businesses begin getting water in their basements.
773 Parkland area along the river may flood.
770 Lower areas of Owen Park begin to flood.
769 Downtown trail underpasses may flood.
764.2 Lower segments of the Chippewa River Trail begin to flood.
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(2) Looking Downriver
(3) Gage Bridge looking East
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Latitude: 44.809722° N, Longitude: 91.501944° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 773 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available 773 Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  
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