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Big Creek at Ellis Stage (ft)ELLK1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (5:17AM Apr 23, 2019)Flood Stage is 15 ft
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NOTE: Automated gauge readings are unavailable, readings taken manually.

NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past and future precipitation. Forecast stages may be different if forecast future rainfall does not occur.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Big Creek at Ellis 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: 19
Moderate Flood Stage: 17
Flood Stage: 15
Action Stage: 13
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 21.80 ft on 06/17/1957
(2) 19.75 ft on 06/22/1951
(3) 14.20 ft on 07/21/1993
(4) 12.10 ft on 08/03/1999
(5) 11.60 ft on 08/02/1999
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 12.10 ft on 08/03/1999
(2) 11.60 ft on 08/02/1999
(3) 10.35 ft on 07/29/1999
(4) 14.20 ft on 07/21/1993
(5) 11.50 ft on 03/22/1960
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.

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21.8 Prepare for floodwaters 4 to 5 feet deep throughout the lowest lying downtown areas in Ellis. At 21.8 feet, inundations comparable to the June 17, 1957 flood will occur...which approximates the 100 year flood.
20.39 At a stage of 20.4 feet, the 11th Street bridge road surface will be covered by water... And 3 to 5 foot inundations will cover the lowest lying areas around Big Creek. The downtown area will experience inundations approximately 1.5 feet lower than the maximum crest previously encountered during the june 17, 1957 flood.
19 Floodwaters 2 feet or more will inundate portions of the downtown area of Ellis, KS.
18 River reaches the low bridge steel of the 11th Street bridge across Big Creek. Floodwaters reaching a depth of 1 foot or more will inundate portions of the downtown area.
17 In the city of Ellis, portions of 11th Street begin to flood and floodwaters begin to move into sections of the downtown area.
16 In the city of Ellis, Big Creek widens as the floodwaters move away from the river channel.
15 In the city of ellis, flood waters migrate from the immediate proximity of big creek.
14 At a stage of 14 feet, expect minor overflows in the immediate proximity of big creek.
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Latitude: 38.936944° N, Longitude: 99.563611° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 15 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 2101.39 ft 2116.39 ft 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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