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Sappa Creek near Oberlin Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesOBNK1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (12:05PM May 26, 2024)Flood Stage is 11 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: Stage measured manually and reported by river observer. No automated gauge on-site.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Sappa Creek near Oberlin 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: 14
Flood Stage: 11
Action Stage: 9
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 18.16 ft on 06/15/1996
(2) 18.10 ft on 06/16/1996
(3) 16.57 ft on 07/06/1956
(4) 16.53 ft on 06/19/1975
(5) 16.38 ft on 03/21/1960
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.00 ft on 05/24/2008
(2) 7.98 ft on 06/16/2006
(3) 8.14 ft on 08/28/2005
(4) 8.72 ft on 07/23/2004
(5) 10.48 ft on 04/29/2003
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 6.00 ft on 01/01/1980

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27.5 The creek will begin to overflow the southern end of the Highway 83 bridge.
24.5 The creek will overflow the northern end of the Highway 83 bridge. Most of the roads to the north of the gage will become flooded.
24 Water will start hitting the bottom of the bridge.
21.3 Water reaches the street that is just to the northwest of the Highway 83 bridge.
17.5 The access road to the southeast of the bridge and gage site will become inundated.
15 Moderate flooding will occur in nearby agricultural fields and low lying areas.
11 Water spreads over agricultural fields and low lying areas with actual water depth in creek at about 6 feet.
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Latitude: 39.812778° N, Longitude: 100.533889° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
Reference Frame
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)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 2537.76 ft 2548.76 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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