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Pawnee River near Sanford Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)SANK1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (8:03AM Nov 29, 2023)Flood Stage is 24 ft
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NOTE: Stage measured manually and reported by river observer. No automated gauge on-site.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Pawnee River near Sanford 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: 30
Moderate Flood Stage: 27
Flood Stage: 24
Action Stage: 20
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 28.74 ft on 07/25/1979
(2) 28.22 ft on 07/28/1958
(3) 27.54 ft on 06/23/1951
(4) 27.52 ft on 07/11/1951
(5) 26.98 ft on 07/01/1951
(6) 26.86 ft on 08/13/1950
(7) 26.68 ft on 05/23/1951
(8) 26.17 ft on 10/03/1950
(9) 26.06 ft on 06/13/1951
(10) 25.89 ft on 08/03/1953
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 24.40 ft on 05/25/2019
(2) 19.90 ft on 11/17/1996
(3) 16.10 ft on 09/22/1996
(4) 25.77 ft on 07/22/1993
(5) 15.20 ft on 07/01/1992
(6) 28.74 ft on 07/25/1979
(7) 24.96 ft on 04/02/1973
(8) 20.10 ft on 03/26/1973
(9) 22.35 ft on 06/15/1970
(10) 24.66 ft on 03/22/1960
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.

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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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Latitude: 38.189444° N, Longitude: 99.331111° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 24 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 2032.73 ft 2056.73 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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