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White River (IN) at 82nd Street Bridge near Nora, IN (NORI3)

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Inundation Levels
NAVD88 Stage

Record Crest: 22.4 ft
732.5 22.0
731.5 21.0
730.5 20.0
729.5 19.0

Major Flooding Begins

728.5 18.0
727.5 17.0
726.5 16.0

Moderate Flooding Begins

725.5 15.0
724.5 14.0
723.5 13.0
722.5 12.0
721.5 11.0

Minor Flooding Begins

720.5 10.0
719.5 9.0
718.5 8.0
718.0 7.5
* = Extended rating
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage:19
Moderate Flood Stage:16
Flood Stage:11
Action Stage:7.5

Historical Crests
(1) 22.40 ft on 03/26/1913
(2) 19.19 ft on 01/01/1991
(3) 18.65 ft on 04/23/1964
(4) 18.45 ft on 01/14/2005 (P)
(5) 18.19 ft on 05/19/1943
(6) 18.04 ft on 06/30/1957
(7) 17.96 ft on 06/15/1958
(8) 17.92 ft on 04/20/2013 (P)
(9) 17.78 ft on 07/11/2003
(10) 17.24 ft on 02/25/1985
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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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.

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These maps were prepared in cooperation with the USGS Indiana Water Science Center, the City of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water.

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22.4 Flood waters reach record flood height. Flood waters at the top of Warfleigh levee project in the Broadripple area that protects nearly 1400 homes and more than 200 businesses. Thousands of evacuations are necessary. Many local roads and possibly some major highways are flooded. Flood waters begin to enter the Fashion and Clearwater Crossing Mall areas. Flood waters reach the bottom of 82nd Street at 24.5 feet. Maximum reading possible at gaging station is 26 to 27 feet.
21 The highest flood since March 1913 in progress. Flood waters cross Keystone Avenue south of East 80th Street and Westfield Drive in Shore Acres. Extensive flooding of Ravenswood...Mystic Bay...Shore Acres and areas near the Fashion Mall at Keystone and Clearwater Crossing. Rocky Ripple area extensively flooded. Water more than a foot deep in Riviera Club area. Evacuations are likely to exceed a thousand residents. Flood waters approaching critical levels on the Warfleigh levee project.
20 Flood waters approach Keystone Avenue north of White River. Much of Ravenswood...Mystic Bay and area on both sides of Keystone Avenue south of East 80th Street are flooded by 3 feet of water. Flood waters nearing residential areas in Shore Acres...Williams Creek Cutoff east of Marott Park and on the river side of Union Chapel Road. Extensive flooding of the river side of the flood protection in the vincinity of the Indianapolis Art Center and Edgewater Apartments. Flood waters nearing Arden Drive.
19.2 During the January 1991 flood...the evacuation of 500 homes...interruption of utility services to thousands of homes and damage to numerous roadways occurred on the north side of Indianapolis. Ravenswood residents west of Crittenden Avenue were told to evacuate. Riviera Club area flooded extensively.
19 200 to 400 homes flood. Water overtops an agricultural levee at Conner Prairie Settlement. Major flood is in progress. Water is at the top of levee in Rocky Ripple. Warfleigh levee raised and fortified in June 2008 from McDonalds at Broadripple to Kessler Blvd. Luxury home ($500-600,000 in 1992 dollars) located on Beach Avenue have 3 feet of water in their basements. Extensive flooding on both sides of Keystone Avenue south of East 80th street.
18.75 Flood waters reach the low steel of the Monon Trail Bridge over the White River.
18.5 An agricultural levee may fail at the Connor Prairie Farm located in southern Hamilton County.
18.45 An area bounded by Keystone Avenue on the west...White River on the east...East 78th St. on the south and East 80th St. had major flood problems in January 2005. There are 30 to 40 or more homes in this area. Homes on River Edge Lane on the east side of the river also affected considerably during January 2005.
18 Major damage occurs in Ravenswood area. Considerable flooding in the Indianapolis Art Center and Edgewater Apartments area. Numerous local streets on the north side are flooded.
16 Many homes experience basement to first floor flooding near White River at 116th Street and at Ravenswood. River Edge roads flood.
15.7 Streets flooded in the Ravenswood area near 71st St. and Keystone Ave. on March 2 2011. One business closed. A few residents pumped water from their front yards and had water in their basements. Fitch Street and 73rd Street flooded. Two residents canoed in the streets to get to their home.
15.3 River Road just north of 86th Street near Fashion Mall at the entrance to condominiums begins to flood. High water affects Ravenswood and River Edge Drive. Many basements in Ravenswood fill with 1 to 2 feet of water. Some basements fill with more than 3 feet of water. Roads flooded in February 2008 include Ravenswood Drive from 63rd street to Ruth Drive...69th Street east of Crittenden Avenue...Fitch Avenue...73rd Street and Ralston Avenue.
14 High water closes East 77th street near Mystic Bay. River Road floods. River Edge Lane and River Road just north of 86th Street flood. Lowest residential areas begin to flood on River Edge Lane. High water staff gage readings begin at 14 feet and continue to 25 feet.
12.5 East 77th Street near Mystic Bay begins to flood.
12 Howland Ditch floods 69th Street west of Kingsley Drive. White River begins to back up into Mystic Bay and cause the lake level to rise.
11.5 A few streets flood in Ravenswood.
11 Local roads begin to flood. Howland Ditch begins to flood 69h Street west of Kingsley Drive. Water is at the edge of River Edge Lane and the section of River Road located north of 86th Street and south of I-465.
8.5 Backyards of a few homes begin to flood in the Ravenswood area.
3.5 River at low level. Using appropriate protection and care...the river can be waded of the south side of 82nd Street bridge.
(1) Looking north from the north side of the 82nd Street Bridge..
(2) Looking southwest from the south side of 82nd Street.
(3) Looking north towards 82nd Street Bridge.
(4) Area immediately north of 82nd Street Bridge that floods.
(5) Looking north northeast from north side of 82nd Street Bridge.
(6) Looking east from the north side of 82nd Street Bridge.
(7) Looking west from south side of 82nd Street Bridge.
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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.