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James River at LaMoure Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesLAMN8(plotting HGIR2) Graph Created (4:45AM Feb 2, 2023)ObservedLatest observed value: 7.2 ft at 1:15 AM CST 28-Jan-2023. Flood Stage is 14 ft
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Datum: NAVD88
NOTE: River Forecasts typically include ONLY 2 days of future rain from forecast issuance time (lower right of graph). Occasionally 3 days of future rain included.

NOTE: Forecasts for the James River at LaMoure 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) 17.56 ft on 04/15/2009
(2) 16.52 ft on 03/27/2009
(3) 16.20 ft on 05/24/1969
(4) 16.17 ft on 04/14/1969
(5) 16.09 ft on 04/01/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 10.16 ft on 06/10/2021
(2) 15.11 ft on 10/26/2019
(3) 15.97 ft on 04/04/2019
(4) 11.45 ft on 04/21/2018
(5) 11.02 ft on 02/26/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 5.00 ft on 07/15/1973

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18 Dikes are topped when river level reaches 18-20 feet.
17.5 The two western-most city lagoons are threatened with inundation.
16.6 Water begins to appear on Highway 13 about 0.5 to 1.0 mile west of LaMoure.
16 South side of County Highway 13 floods. The town of Lamoure does not flood at this height.
15 Water starts to threaten the northwest side of town near the John Deere dealer.
14 Urban flood stage.
13.7 Rising water begins to affect the city of LaMoure's sewer system. Water restrictions have been used in the past to counteract these effects.
9.3 Small dam downstream from gage floods.
8 Rural flood stage.
(1) James River at Lamoure-USGS gage house.
(2) James River at Lamoure-Downstream View.
(3) James River at Lamoure-Upstream View.
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Latitude: 46.355278° N, Longitude: 98.305833° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
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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 1291.1 1305.1 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 Not Available Not Available USGS elevation data.

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