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Grand River at Lowell Stage (ft)LWLM4(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (6:06PM Apr 19, 2024)Flood Stage is 15 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 24 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Stage may be affected by ice during winter months.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Grand River at Lowell 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: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 15
Action Stage: 10
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 19.02 ft on 04/21/2013
(2) 19.00 ft on 03/22/1948
(3) 18.50 ft on 04/08/1947
(4) 18.20 ft on 02/24/2018
(5) 17.80 ft on 03/19/1942
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 10.14 ft on 02/18/2022
(2) 13.25 ft on 06/30/2021
(3) 17.23 ft on 05/21/2020
(4) 13.80 ft on 03/18/2019
(5) 18.20 ft on 02/24/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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24 Expect major flooding of businesses and residences in the Lowell area. Railroad embankment on south bank overtopped.
20 Expect major flooding of businesses and residences in the Lowell area and high water affects the business district.
18 Expect moderate flooding of commercial buildings.
16 Lowell fairgrounds flooded, low sections of Bowes Road, Division, Front Street, and Jackson flooded in the city of Lowell.
15 Expect minor flooding of commercial buildings.
10 River is bankfull. Expect flooding of low lying areas adjacent to the banks.
(1) April 2013 Flooding - Lowell
(2) April 2013 Flooding - Lowell
(3) April 2013 Flooding - Lowell
(4) April 2013 Flooding - Lowell near Division Street
(5) Grand River Overflowing Near Lowell
(6) Right Bank of Flat River Downstream from Dam
(7) Looking Downstream the Flat River
(8) Concrete Spillways at the King Milling Dam
(9) Looking West in Downtown Lowell
(10) Looking Upstream at the Pond
(11) 2004 Grand River flooding near Lowell
(12) 2004 Grand River flooding portions of Lowell
(13) 2004 Grand River flooding at Lowell
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Latitude: 42.925140° N, Longitude: 85.342900° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
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 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 611.575 ft 626.575 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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