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Missouri River near Williston Stage (ft)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesWLTN8(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (3:30AM Jan 26, 2021)Flood Stage is 22 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: Stage may be affected by ice.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Missouri River near Williston are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Upstream Gauge - near Culbertson Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at the Garrison Dam
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 26
Moderate Flood Stage: 24
Flood Stage: 22
Action Stage: 20
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 30.38 ft on 06/21/2011
(2) 28.00 ft on 04/01/1912
(3) 27.15 ft on 07/14/1975
(4) 26.60 ft on 03/08/1994
(5) 26.46 ft on 03/26/1978
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 21.51 ft on 06/16/2013
(2) 21.25 ft on 04/06/2013
(3) 30.38 ft on 06/21/2011
(4) 21.16 ft on 06/26/2009
(5) 22.24 ft on 06/30/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 7.80 ft on 11/02/1966

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33 Levees surrounding Williston are likely to be topped without additional measures taken to temporarily raise the flood protection levels.
32.5 Missouri River begins to overtop small stretch of levee near Highway 85 bridge and Williston Water Treatment Plant.
30.75 Missouri River begins to cover Highway 85 south of Williston.
30.5 At 30.5 FT...water is near the top of Highway 58 in areas between Fairview and Trenton.
30 Water covers portions of 13th Avenue East and 11th Avenue East along the Little Muddy River.
28 Water backing up into the Little Muddy River begins to cover 54th Street Northwest on the east side of Williston.
24 Water begins to cover oil well location south and east of Williston. Wildlife management areas are flooded. City of Williston does not flood.
22 Low-lying farmland and access roads to oil well sites near Trenton are flooded. City of Williston does not flood.
20 Ditches in the vicinity of the river will fill and wildlife management lands along the south banks will begin to flood.
(1) Missouri River near Williston-Upstream View
(2) Missouri River near Williston-Downstream View
(3) USGS gaging house.
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Latitude: 48.108056° N, Longitude: 103.714167° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 22 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 1830.2 ft 1850.2 ft  

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The Missouri River near Williston is a forecast point for flooding, but is not included in NWS probabilistic outlooks due to Fort Peck's influence on downstream flow.
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