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Missouri River at Atchison Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesATCK1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (10:33AM Jan 23, 2022)ObservedLatest observed value: 3.91 ft at 6:30 AM CST 15-Jan-2022. 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: Due to levee breaches and damage along the Missouri River, flood categories may not be representative until all levees have been repaired.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Missouri River at Atchison 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: 22
Action Stage: 19
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 31.63 ft on 07/26/1993
(2) 31.20 ft on 03/22/2019
(3) 31.00 ft on 06/29/2011
(4) 29.83 ft on 06/25/2010
(5) 29.50 ft on 04/23/1952
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 22.10 ft on 08/18/2019
(2) 22.14 ft on 07/22/2019
(3) 29.26 ft on 05/31/2019
(4) 24.83 ft on 05/09/2019
(5) 31.20 ft on 03/22/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.40 ft on 01/07/1890
(2) 2.20 ft on 12/30/1883
(3) 2.50 ft on 01/01/1884
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30 The Rushville-Sugar Lake, Bean Lake, and Henry Pohl Levees will likely be overtopped.
27 River Road in Atchison floods and levees on the Missouri side of the river are overtopped. If the river remains above 27 feet for several days then U.S. Highway 59 and large portions of the floodplain in Missouri flood.
25 A castings plant in Atchison is affected by flood waters.
22 Low-lying areas on the Missouri side of the river begin to flood.
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Latitude: 39.559722° N, Longitude: 95.113889° 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 29 762.2 ft 784.2 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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