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Kickapoo River at Ontario Stage (ft)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesONTW3(plotting HGIRP) Graph Created (10:45AM Feb 21, 2020)Flood Stage is 16 ft
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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 Kickapoo River at Ontario 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: 19
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 16
Action Stage: 14
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 28.50 ft on 08/28/2018
(2) 21.96 ft on 06/08/2008
(3) 20.32 ft on 07/19/2019
(4) 19.68 ft on 03/15/2019
(5) 19.40 ft on 09/19/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 19.40 ft on 09/19/2019
(2) 20.32 ft on 07/19/2019
(3) 18.69 ft on 07/04/2019
(4) 19.68 ft on 03/15/2019
(5) 28.50 ft on 08/28/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 8.26 ft on 09/03/2005
(2) 8.28 ft on 08/05/2006

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21.5 Bottom of bridge deck is flooded.
18 Flooding occurs along the river in the Ontario area. Water may be over Highway P near Bridge 10, and also over Winchell Valley Road at Bridge 8.
(1) Upstream view at Ontario, May 10th, 2010, Stage = 8.53 ft
(2) Downstream view at Ontario, May 10th, 2010, Stage = 8.53 ft
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Latitude: 43.721389° N, Longitude: 90.588333° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 16 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 849.93 ft 867.93 ft Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 849.93 ft 867.93 ft 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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