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Souris River at Velva Stage (ft)VLVN8(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (6:30PM Jan 17, 2022)Flood Stage is 1507 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 Souris River at Velva 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: 1517
Moderate Flood Stage: 1512
Flood Stage: 1507
Action Stage: 1506
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 1,515.73 ft on 06/26/2011
(2) 1,511.13 ft on 04/20/1976
(3) 1,510.33 ft on 04/14/2009
(4) 1,509.43 ft on 05/16/1975
(5) 1,509.23 ft on 04/22/1979
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 1,508.75 ft on 06/06/2013
(2) 1,515.73 ft on 06/26/2011
(3) 1,510.33 ft on 04/14/2009
(4) 1,505.06 ft on 07/01/2005
(5) 1,505.43 ft on 04/21/1999
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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1521.2 Permanent flood protection dike would be topped on the left (south) bank. Temporary dikes and raises to permanent flood protection are required.
1516.2 Permanent flood protection dike on the right (north) bank would be topped. Additional flood protective measures would need to be in place.
(1) Souris River at Velva-Upstream View
(2) Souris River at Velva-Downstream View
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Latitude: 48.063889° N, Longitude: 100.928889° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 1507 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 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 1400 ft 2905 ft  
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