Forecasts for the West Fork Cedar River at Finchford are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Water floods the intersection of Highway T71 and Highway C55 at the convenience store. Basement flooding occurs in many residences with some flooding on the main floors. Water is also at the floor level of the convenience store. Water wells may collapse.
Several roads are affected as well as nearby residences and small businesses.
Highway T71 is overtopped north of the river. The town of Finchford is threatened.
Nearly 20000 acres flood.
Water threatens the road fill area along Highway T71 just north of the river. Water also threatens the bridge 1000 feet north which spans the overflow area.
Water backs up in nearby basements.
Lowland areas are completely flooded.
Some lowland flooding occurs.
Low lying areas are affected.
Flood Categories (in feet)
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Moderate Flood Stage:
Historical Crests (1) 20.82 ft on 06/10/2008 (2) 18.45 ft on 07/29/1990 (3) 17.28 ft on 06/27/1951 (4) 16.73 ft on 04/01/1993 (5) 16.50 ft on 07/10/1969 (6) 16.09 ft on 05/17/1999 (7) 15.91 ft on 04/07/1965 (8) 15.72 ft on 07/01/1969 (9) 15.52 ft on 05/20/1991 (10) 15.40 ft on 03/27/1961 Show More Historical Crests
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