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Rouge River at Southfield Stage (ft)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesSFRM4(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (4:48PM May 10, 2021)Flood Stage is 12 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Rouge River at Southfield 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: 16
Moderate Flood Stage: 14
Flood Stage: 12
Action Stage: 11
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 19.04 ft on 06/26/1968
(2) 14.16 ft on 05/26/2011
(3) 13.95 ft on 08/06/1998
(4) 13.89 ft on 06/19/1996
(5) 13.85 ft on 01/12/2020
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.39 ft on 05/19/2020 (P)
(2) 13.85 ft on 01/12/2020
(3) 13.50 ft on 05/12/2018
(4) 12.31 ft on 04/16/2018
(5) 13.36 ft on 02/21/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 2.00 ft on 08/02/1964

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18 The river reaches Beech Road.
12 The river reaches Foot bridge and bottom of Beech Road bridge. Water may backup the Upper Rouge River in Farmington Hills flooding some apartment complexes at or above this stage.
5 The river reaches bankfull.
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Latitude: 42.447778° N, Longitude: 83.297778° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 12 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
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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 609.62 ft 621.62 ft  

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