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Cottonwood River at Cottonwood Falls Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)CTWK1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (6:08PM Dec 1, 2023)Flood Stage is 9 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 Cottonwood River at Cottonwood Falls are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Upstream Gauge - above Cottonwood Falls Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - near Plymouth
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 18
Moderate Flood Stage: 11
Flood Stage: 9
Action Stage: 7
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 17.20 ft on 11/01/1998
(2) 16.40 ft on 06/30/1951
(3) 16.10 ft on 05/09/1993
(4) 16.00 ft on 04/23/1944
(5) 15.70 ft on 10/11/1985
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 9.50 ft on 06/06/2022 (P)
(2) 10.30 ft on 07/31/2020
(3) 11.10 ft on 07/07/2019
(4) 10.60 ft on 06/25/2019
(5) 11.20 ft on 05/26/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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18 Major flooding of roads and homes in Cottonwood Falls and in Strong City occurs.
16 Flood waters draw near the Business District in Strong City. In Cottonwood Falls flood waters approach the Millstream Hotel basement floor.
15 Water covers railroad tracks at Strong City.
14 In Strong City flood waters cover Highway 177 in and around 2nd Street where this section of town sits lower in elevation. Expect Highway 177 to be closed from Cottonwood Falls to Strong City.
12.5 Highway 177 floods between Strong City and Cottonwood Falls. Flood waters spread out on the south side of Strong City impacting First Street and crossing over Highway 177.
12.3 Highway 177 begins to flood just north of the Cottonwood River bridge leading into Strong City.
12.2 Highway 177 begins to flood on the north side of the railroad tracks in Strong City.
12 Main Street, also known as Lake Road begins to floods in the low-lying area between Elmdale and Cottonwood Falls.
11 Flooding occurs at Bates Park in Cottonwood Falls and cropland along the river.
10 Water covers fields and some rural roads along the river. Low areas along the south bank at the gage site begin to flood.
9 Flooding of low-lying areas and cropland can be expected.
7 A small strip of land on the north bank begins to overflow.
(1) Looking upstream
(2) Looking downstream
(3) Low water dam
(4) Staff gages on north bank. Reads from 2 to 15 ft.
(5) Staff gage on south bank. Reads from 11 to 23 ft.
(6) Flooding in June 2005. River was at 10.7 ft in photo.
(7) Looking downstream, winter
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Latitude: 38.375500° N, Longitude: 96.541940° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 9 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 1161.63 ft 1170.63 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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