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Little Sioux River at Spencer Stage (ft)Flow (cfs)Iowa Flood CenterSPWI4(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (5:48AM Feb 28, 2020)Flood Stage is 10 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: Gauge reading may be affected by ice.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Little Sioux River at Spencer 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: 10
Action Stage: 9
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 20.20 ft on 06/08/1953
(2) 17.60 ft on 06/21/1954
(3) 17.45 ft on 03/15/2019 (P)
(4) 17.40 ft on 06/26/2018
(5) 17.37 ft on 04/06/1965
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 17.45 ft on 03/15/2019 (P)
(2) 17.40 ft on 06/26/2018
(3) 12.20 ft on 05/23/2017
(4) 11.47 ft on 02/22/2016
(5) 15.18 ft on 06/20/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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21 The levees in Spencer are overtopped, and Park Street and Grand Avenue in Spencer are flooded.
19.5 Flooding begins to affect the Breezy Meadows Addition in Spencer, and most of the city south of the river is flooded.
18 The Spencer Golf and Country Club begins flooding.
16.5 Highway 71 and Highway 18 begin to flood, and West Park Street, 1st Street, and 2nd Street in Spencer are flooded. Some homes and businesses in the southern portions of Spencer are also flooded.
16 Highway 18 near Hawk Valley WMA east of Spencer beings flooding.
14.5 County Road B40 southeast of Spencer begins flooding.
14 City sewers in Spencer can begin to back up. Highway 18 between Spencer and Dickens can start flooding if flows on the tributary creeks are also very high.
10 The right bank overflows, and minor flooding of the Spencer city park and some rural agricultural areas begins.
9.5 The lower left bank overflows and very minor flooding of low lands begins.
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Latitude: 43.136667° N, Longitude: 95.143889° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 10 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 1294.56 ft 1304.56 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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