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Vermillion River near Davis Stage (ft)Flow (cfs)DVSS2(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (5:35PM Feb 2, 2023)Flood Stage is 11 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
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: Gauge reading may be affected by ice.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Vermillion River near Davis 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: 15
Moderate Flood Stage: 13
Flood Stage: 11
Action Stage: 10
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 16.40 ft on 03/15/2010
(2) 16.20 ft on 03/15/2019
(3) 15.75 ft on 04/07/1969
(4) 15.60 ft on 07/05/1993
(5) 15.10 ft on 06/22/1984
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 12.20 ft on 03/07/2020
(2) 16.20 ft on 03/15/2019
(3) 14.40 ft on 06/23/2018
(4) 12.60 ft on 06/18/2014
(5) 13.00 ft on 05/28/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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16.5 the bridge 1 mile west of Davis on Highway 18 is overtopped, and the water reaches the bottom of the bridge 1 mile northwest of Davis on 460th Avenue.
15.5 water reaches the bottom of the bridge 1 mile southwest of Davis on 286th Street.
15 major flooding of agricultural land begins, flooding approximately 25000 acres between Davis and Vermillion. The town of Davis and several rural roads also begin flooding.
14.5 the higher banks and levees get overtopped, and flooding of some rural roads south of Davis begins. Also 280th Street between 459th and 460th Avenue is flooded.
13.5 water reaches the bottom of the bridge 1 mile west of Davis on Highway 18.
13 moderate flooding of agricultural land begins.
12 Highway 18 west of Davis will begin flooding, and several houses in the western parts of Davis are in danger of flooding.
11 low lying areas and some fields begin flooding.
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Latitude: 43.237222° N, Longitude: 96.983333° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 11 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 1226.47 1237.47 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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