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Driftwood River near Edinburgh, IN (DREI3)


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Inundation Levels
NAVD88 Stage

Record Crest: 20.3 ft
653.6 17.0

Major Flooding Begins

652.6 16.0
651.6 15.0
650.6 14.0

Moderate Flooding Begins

649.6 13.0
648.6 12.0
647.6 11.0

Minor Flooding Begins

646.6 10.0
645.6 9.0
* = Extended rating
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2.8 ft at 07/28/2014 05:30:00 UTC
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Major Flood Stage:17
Moderate Flood Stage:14
Flood Stage:11
Action Stage:9

Historical Crests
(1) 20.30 ft on 03/28/1913
(2) 17.28 ft on 06/07/2008
(3) 16.97 ft on 03/06/1963
(4) 16.54 ft on 12/23/2013 (P)
(5) 16.20 ft on 12/31/1990
(6) 15.68 ft on 04/21/2011 (P)
(7) 14.97 ft on 03/07/2011 (P)
(8) 14.84 ft on 01/14/2013 (P)
(9) 14.31 ft on 06/21/2011 (P)
(10) 13.81 ft on 04/05/2014 (P)
(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.65 ft on 09/18/2013

Graphical representation of flood inundation for NWS flood categories are based on steady state hydraulic modeling of water surface elevations for incremented discharges. Map shows approximate inundation areas for given water surface elevations and should not be used for navigation or permitting or other legal purposes, but strictly as a planning reference tool.

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These maps were prepared in cooperation with the USGS Indiana Water Science Center and the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center.

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Rating Curve Extension - The Rating Curve Extension is calculated by using either a linear, logarithmic, or hydraulic technique to extend the rating curve above the currently established relationship between stage and flow.

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20 Near record flooding along the Driftwood River. Several residences and seasonal homes along CR 330W and CR 325W destroyed. Flooding of additional residences possible along CR 330W and CR 325W. Residences at the west end of CR 500N on the east side of the river may flood. Possible flooding of Tannehill Rd on east side of bridge. Extensive flooding of portions of CR 330W both north and south of Tannehill Rd. Water over CR 250W just west of Interstate 65 rest stop. CR 325W south of Lowell Rd flooded.
17 Highest level since June 2008 for the Driftwood River. Flooding of several residences and seasonal homes along CR 330W and CR 325W very likely. Lowell Rd flooded at CR 250W just east of the bridge. Flooding occurs along several portions of CR 330W and CR 325W including north of Tannehill Rd. Extensive flooding of Tannehill Rd west of bridge and CR 500N east of river. Water with in a few feet of CR 250W just west of I-65 rest stop. Water near the top of levee on the west side of the river at gage site
16.3 Extensive flooding in progress. At this level in December 2013...US Highway 31 was closed by high water just north of SR 252 at Edinburgh. The Big Blue River was flooding the road. Big Blue River had crested at Shelbyville slightly over 18 feet and Sugar Creek near Edinburgh had reached 16.8 feet.
16 Extensive flooding along Driftwood River in northern Bartholomew County and of Double Y Saddle Club area. Tannehill Road west of bridge and CR 325 W south of Lowell Road are flooded. Water is on or very close to Lowell Road and the CR 250 W intersection east of the bridge. Water is very close or possibly in several residences and seasonal homes along CR 330W and CR 325W. Water is deeper on CR 330W just south of Ohio Ridge Rd and CR 500N west of CR 250W.
14.9 Extensive flooding along Driftwood River in northern Bartholomew County on March 7 2011. Double Y Saddle Club area extensively flooded. Water flowing over CR 950 N to Club. CR 330W is flooded just south of its intersection with Ohio Ridge Rd. CR 500N west of CR 250W is flooded blocking vehicular access to residences near the river bank. Lowell Public Access site is completely flooded. Water very near several residences and seasonal homes along CR 330W and CR 325W.
14 Extensive flooding along Big Blue River in Edinburgh area. In Johnson County CR 650S between CR 700E and CR800E flooded. Water approaching or on CR 700E near CR 775S. Irwin Park in Edinburgh extensively flooded. Water affecting one residence in Shelby County at CR 900W and CR 1000S.
13.25 Lowland flooding in progress along Driftwood River in northern Bartholomew County on April 6, 2011. Double Y Saddle Club area flooded. At least 6 inches of water flowing over CR 950N to Club. Water is less than one foot away from CR 330W just south of its intersection with Ohio Ridge Rd. CR 500N west of CR 250W is flooded blocking vehicular access to residences near the river bank. Lowell Public Access site is open but ramp is totally flooded. Water close to one residence at Shelby CR 1000S and CR 900W.
12 Lowland flooding reported along Sugar Creek and Big Blue River in southern Johnson County in March 2011. Lowland flooding begins along portions of the Driftwood River in northern Bartholomew County. Water is near CR 950N to Double Y Saddle Club.
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Graphical representation of flood inundation for NWS flood categories are based on steady state hydraulic modeling of water surface elevations for incremented discharges. Map shows approximate inundation areas for given water surface elevations and should not be used for navigation or permitting or other legal purposes, but strictly as a planning reference tool.