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Souris River near Towner Stage (ft)TOWN8(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (5:00PM Apr 15, 2024)Flood Stage is 1454 ft
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Datum: NAVD88
NOTE: Forecasts for the Souris River near Towner 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: 1458
Moderate Flood Stage: 1456
Flood Stage: 1454
Action Stage: 1453
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 1,459.95 ft on 06/28/2011
(2) 1,457.92 ft on 04/01/1976
(3) 1,457.82 ft on 06/11/2013
(4) 1,457.72 ft on 04/22/1996
(5) 1,457.52 ft on 04/19/2009
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 1,457.82 ft on 06/11/2013
(2) 1,459.95 ft on 06/28/2011
(3) 1,457.52 ft on 04/19/2009
(4) 1,453.02 ft on 06/04/2007
(5) 1,455.42 ft on 07/06/2005
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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1461 Damage begins at farmer's structures. Ditching on the left side of the river appears to be able to handle a significant amount of water. Water leaving the banks would most likely stay in this ditch.
1458 Major flooding.
1457.8 At around 56.6 ft the eastbound lane of Highway 2 near SW of Towner gets water on it (westbound remains dry) and Highway 14 immediately south of Highway 2 is closed due to high water.
1456.7 Widespread flooding west and north of town with many roads affected.
1456.2 Secondary roads become covered with water. Farmers on the right side of the river looking downstream will be affected but little damage. Water bypasses gage at this height.
1456 Moderate flood stage. Flood problems begin with agricultural land and meadows affected.
1454 Minor flood stage with no significant problems.
1454 Minor flood stage with no significant problems.
(1) Souris River near Towner-Upstream View
(2) Souris River near Towner-Downstream View
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Latitude: 48.351389° N, Longitude: 100.419444° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 1454 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
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(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
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NAVD88 Not Available 1454.0 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  
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