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Arkansas River at Hutchinson Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)HCHK1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (6:07AM Mar 2, 2024)Flood Stage is 8 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 Arkansas River at Hutchinson 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: 19
Moderate Flood Stage: 13
Flood Stage: 8
Action Stage: 6
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 13.85 ft on 04/02/1973
(2) 13.10 ft on 09/27/1973
(3) 12.70 ft on 05/08/2007
(4) 12.15 ft on 09/29/1973
(5) 10.88 ft on 10/12/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 9.00 ft on 06/24/2019
(2) 10.30 ft on 05/22/2019
(3) 10.86 ft on 05/10/2019
(4) 10.88 ft on 10/12/2018
(5) 8.12 ft on 08/07/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.

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19 The top of the levee in the vicinity of the gage overtops. Breach of the levee will result in widespread flooding of low-lying and agricultural areas.
14.3 Flood waters rise to the lowest base of closure on the Harsha Drainage Canal on 2nd Avenue.
13.5 Flood waters rise to the Missouri Pacific Railroad.
13 Closure of the Harsha Drainage Canal on 2nd Avenue commences on the right bank. Other closures begin on the the Missouri Pacific Railroad and 11th Street.
12.7 The intersection between Yoder and Eales Road becomes flooded.
10 Expect minor flooding of Carey Park, more so after a few days of ground water seepage.
8 Minor flooding of low-lying areas and bottom land can be expected. Channel flow will be swift.
6 The river is out of its main channel. The width of the river will expand to 550 feet. The channel flow will be swift.
(1) Upstream
(2) Downstream
(3) Looking southwest at wireweight gage
(4) Looking northeast
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Latitude: 38.038055° N, Longitude: 97.933611° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 8 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 1516.4 ft 1524.4 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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