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Ninnescah River near Belle Plaine Stage (ft)BLPK1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (8:07PM Sep 26, 2023)Flood Stage is 23 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: Gauge reading only in high-water situations.

NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past and future precipitation. Forecast stages may be different if forecast future rainfall does not occur.

Reliability of the Forecast: Forecast data shown here are guidance values only. Please refer to your local NWS office.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Ninnescah River near Belle Plaine 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: 26
Moderate Flood Stage: 24.5
Flood Stage: 23
Action Stage: 21
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 30.00 ft on 09/10/2016
(2) 29.20 ft on 11/02/1998
(3) 28.00 ft on 04/28/2009
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 25.32 ft on 05/27/2019
(2) 26.30 ft on 05/23/2019
(3) 26.32 ft on 05/09/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.
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30 Expect flood waters to be 4 ft deep across Hwy 81 starting from about a mile north of the intersection of K55, known as the Belle Plaine Y, and expanding south to the Y intersection. K55 floods westward to river bridge and east to Belle Plaine. Flood waters reach 2 ft on homes on east side of Hwy 81. Timber Brook Estates neighborhood will be inundated with 4 to 5 ft of water with homes flooded by up to 2 ft. Upstream, Ponderosa Estates will flood by 3 to 6 ft deep. Expect extensive field and crop flooding.
29.8 Flood waters reach the bridge girders on Highway 81 which is about four feet below the bridge deck.
26 A section of K55 floods to a depth of 2 feet of water starting from 300 feet east of the river bridge and expanding out to 25 feet wide. Expect flood waters on Highway 81 to expand further south to the Y intersection of K55. The small community of Ponderosa Estates, 5 miles northwest of Belle Plaine, will have a few homes flooded and roads leading into the Estates flooded. Timber Brook Estates will have roads inundated by over a foot of water.
24 Three miles west of Belle Plaine near the gage site, a small section of K55 floods east of the bridge. Flood waters flow over Highway 81 starting at 1/2 mile north of K55 and spreading to 100th Avenue. The water on Highway 81 may be near 1.5 ft deep.
23 Water overflows roads in the Timber Brook Estates that are located just west of Highway 81 and north of K55. Then three-fourths of a mile north of K55 on Highway 81, water begins to cover the road.
20 Left bank overflows can be expected.
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Latitude: 37.391600° N, Longitude: 97.339100° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 23 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 1181.64 ft 1204.64 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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