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Salt Creek (KS) at Barnard Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)BRNK1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (4:07AM Sep 27, 2023)Flood Stage is 21 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: Gauge reading only in high-water situations.

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

NOTE: Forecasts for the Salt Creek (KS) at Barnard are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - near Ada
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 24.9
Moderate Flood Stage: 23.3
Flood Stage: 21
Action Stage: 19
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 24.90 ft on 07/02/1982
(2) 24.58 ft on 06/02/2011
(3) 24.30 ft on 07/12/1951
(4) 24.20 ft on 05/22/1961
(5) 24.17 ft on 05/27/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 23.30 ft on 05/22/2019
(2) 22.00 ft on 05/19/2019
(3) 22.50 ft on 05/08/2019
(4) 23.45 ft on 05/20/2017
(5) 22.50 ft on 09/05/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.
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30 Flood waters reach the height of the levee system on the east side of Barnard. Roads in Barnard may begin to flood. Possible evacuations may take place.
24.5 Flood waters cover Highway 284 about 1 mile west of town and east of creek bridge and on Section Line Road south of town. Other county roads near and around Salt Creek flood. Agricultural fields will flood to an extent of 3/4 of a mile.
24 Expect flooding of agricultural fields to an extent of 3/4 of a mile coverage. Flood waters cover Highway 284 east of the creek bridge to around 260th Road, expect road closure. Numerous roads along and near the Salt Creek flood.
23.6 Water covers 270th Road between Highway 284 and Union Drive located 2 miles southeast of Barnard. Also 250th Road floods from Highway 284 near the Salt Creek Bridge to Wolf Lane. Expect road closure on Highway 284 just east of the creek bridge from 250th Road to 260th Road due to creek overflow of 2 to 3 inches deep.
23.3 Flooding of low lying and agricultural areas will occur. Field on the east bank downstream side of bridge will be full. Flood waters will begin to encroach upon Highway 284 just 1/4 of a mile east of the creek bridge. North 250th Road by the Salt Creek bridge floods. Roads 233rd and 220th will flood to a depth of 1 to 2 feet deep from Rattle Snake Creek backup.
23 The North 250th Road by the Salt Creek Bridge will have water over the road in the section about 1/2 block north of the bridge where the road bends.
21 Flooding of cultivated land can be expected, more so on the east bank.
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(2) Downstream
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Latitude: 39.190270° N, Longitude: 98.039720° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 21 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 1300 ft 1321 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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Wichita, KS 67209
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