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Sheyenne River at Valley City Stage (ft)Observed: 3.96 ft at 1:15PM Feb 26, 2021Observed: 3.97 ft at 1:30PM Feb 26, 2021Observed: 3.98 ft at 1:45PM Feb 26, 2021Observed: 3.99 ft at 2:00PM Feb 26, 2021Observed: 3.99 ft at 2:15PM Feb 26, 2021Observed: 4 ft at 2:30PM Feb 26, 2021Highest Observation: 4.01 ft at 2:45PM Feb 26, 2021USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesVCRN8(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (1:04PM Mar 1, 2021)ObservedLatest observed value: 4.01 ft at 2:45 PM CST 26-Feb-2021. Flood Stage is 15 ft
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Datum: NAVD88
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 during winter months.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Sheyenne River at Valley City 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: 17
Moderate Flood Stage: 16
Flood Stage: 15
Action Stage: 12.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 20.69 ft on 04/13/2009
(2) 20.66 ft on 04/18/2011
(3) 20.00 ft on 04/01/1882
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 14.47 ft on 04/08/2020 (P)
(2) 15.24 ft on 10/22/2019
(3) 12.29 ft on 04/17/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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24 Top of I-94 bridge.
20.69 RECORD FLOOD. April 13, 2009.
20 Elevation of the top of the emergency dikes. Low steel in I-94 bridge.
18 Actions are taken to protect electrical distribution equipment.
17.2 The City of Valley City installs removable floodwalls in the University district.
17 MAJOR FLOOD. Levees and low spots are re-enforced.
16 MODERATE FLOOD. Storm drains are closed.
15 MINOR FLOOD. Actions are taken to protect the power plant.
14 Diking required to keep river in channel. Highway 10 in Valley City flooded.
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Latitude: 46.915556° N, Longitude: 98.010556° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

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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
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 1200.44 ft 1215.44 ft Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 1199.27 ft 1214.27 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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