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Kickapoo River at Viola Stage (ft)Forecast: 9.5 ft 1:00PM May 21, 2024Forecast: 10.2 ft 7:00PM May 21, 2024Forecast: 10.9 ft 1:00AM May 22, 2024Forecast: 11.5 ft 7:00AM May 22, 2024Forecast: 11.8 ft 1:00PM May 22, 2024Forecast: 12.1 ft 7:00PM May 22, 2024Forecast: 12.3 ft 1:00AM May 23, 2024Highest Forecast: 12.5 ft 7:00AM May 23, 2024Highest Forecast: 12.5 ft 1:00PM May 23, 2024Forecast: 12.2 ft 7:00PM May 23, 2024Forecast: 11.6 ft 1:00AM May 24, 2024Forecast: 10.8 ft 7:00AM May 24, 2024Forecast: 10.2 ft 1:00PM May 24, 2024Forecast: 9.7 ft 7:00PM May 24, 2024Forecast: 9.3 ft 1:00AM May 25, 2024Forecast: 9 ft 7:00AM May 25, 2024Forecast: 8.9 ft 1:00PM May 25, 2024Forecast: 8.8 ft 7:00PM May 25, 2024Forecast: 8.7 ft 1:00AM May 26, 2024Forecast: 8.7 ft 7:00AM May 26, 2024Forecast: 8.6 ft 1:00PM May 26, 2024Forecast: 8.6 ft 7:00PM May 26, 2024Forecast: 8.6 ft 1:00AM May 27, 2024Forecast: 8.5 ft 7:00AM May 27, 2024Forecast: 8.5 ft 1:00PM May 27, 2024Forecast: 8.5 ft 7:00PM May 27, 2024Forecast: 8.5 ft 1:00AM May 28, 2024Forecast: 8.5 ft 7:00AM May 28, 2024VIOW3(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (10:45AM May 21, 2024)Forecast (issued 10:21AM May 21)Flood Stage is 14 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 24 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Kickapoo River at Viola 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: 18
Moderate Flood Stage: 16
Flood Stage: 14
Action Stage: 12
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 23.72 ft on 08/29/2018
(2) 21.25 ft on 06/09/2008
(3) 21.00 ft on 07/01/1978
(4) 20.25 ft on 07/21/2017
(5) 19.32 ft on 09/22/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 12.13 ft on 10/04/2019 (P)
(2) 14.40 ft on 10/03/2019 (P)
(3) 17.20 ft on 07/20/2019
(4) 14.30 ft on 05/29/2019
(5) 23.72 ft on 08/29/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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20 Water reaches the underside of the bridge, and the bridge begins to act as a dam holding back water.
19 Water goes over Main Street in Viola. There is a potential for serious damage in town.
18 Buildings in Viola begin to flood.
17 Water is flowing over Highway 56 east of Viola.
16.5 Highway 56 just east of Viola is closed due to flooding.
16 Water begins going over Highway 131/56 in Viola.
15 Banker Park and Campground in Viola experiences significant flooding.
14.5 Two roads north of Viola may be under water. Water may be over Highway 131, 3 miles north of Viola, near Ski Hill Road, and also over Simmons Flat Road about a mile north of town.
14 Minor flooding occurs in areas near the river, including Banker Park in Viola. Flooding also affects low lying agricultural land.
(1) Upstream view at Viola, October 21st, 2014, Stage = 7.35 ft
(2) Downstream view at Viola, October 21st, 2014, Stage = 7.35 ft
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Latitude: 43.506100° N, Longitude: 90.673900° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 14 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available 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 745 ft 759 ft  
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