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White River (IN) at Edwardsport Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: 19.53 ft at 1:00AM Apr 13, 2024Observed: 19.88 ft at 7:00AM Apr 13, 2024Observed: 19.92 ft at 1:00PM Apr 13, 2024Observed: 20.14 ft at 7:00PM Apr 13, 2024Observed: 20.46 ft at 1:00AM Apr 14, 2024Observed: 20.65 ft at 7:00AM Apr 14, 2024Observed: 20.74 ft at 1:00PM Apr 14, 2024Observed: 20.97 ft at 7:00PM Apr 14, 2024Observed: 21.25 ft at 1:00AM Apr 15, 2024Observed: 21.49 ft at 7:00AM Apr 15, 2024Observed: 21.49 ft at 1:00PM Apr 15, 2024Observed: 21.77 ft at 7:00PM Apr 15, 2024Observed: 22.19 ft at 1:00AM Apr 16, 2024Highest Observation: 22.33 ft at 7:00AM Apr 16, 2024Observed: 22.27 ft at 1:00PM Apr 16, 2024Observed: 22.27 ft at 7:00PM Apr 16, 2024Observed: 22.29 ft at 1:00AM Apr 17, 2024Observed: 22.2 ft at 7:00AM Apr 17, 2024Observed: 21.96 ft at 1:00PM Apr 17, 2024Observed: 21.78 ft at 7:00PM Apr 17, 2024Observed: 21.8 ft at 1:00AM Apr 18, 2024Observed: 21.64 ft at 7:00AM Apr 18, 2024Observed: 21.19 ft at 1:00PM Apr 18, 2024Observed: 20.8 ft at 7:00PM Apr 18, 2024Observed: 20.23 ft at 1:00AM Apr 19, 2024Observed: 19.15 ft at 7:00AM Apr 19, 2024Observed: 17.68 ft at 1:00PM Apr 19, 2024Observed: 16.44 ft at 7:00PM Apr 19, 2024Highest Forecast: 15.2 ft 2:00AM Apr 20, 2024Forecast: 14.4 ft 8:00AM Apr 20, 2024Forecast: 14 ft 2:00PM Apr 20, 2024Forecast: 13.6 ft 8:00PM Apr 20, 2024Forecast: 13.1 ft 2:00AM Apr 21, 2024Forecast: 12.7 ft 8:00AM Apr 21, 2024Forecast: 12.3 ft 2:00PM Apr 21, 2024Forecast: 12.1 ft 8:00PM Apr 21, 2024Forecast: 11.9 ft 2:00AM Apr 22, 2024Forecast: 11.8 ft 8:00AM Apr 22, 2024Forecast: 11.4 ft 2:00PM Apr 22, 2024Forecast: 11.1 ft 8:00PM Apr 22, 2024Forecast: 10.7 ft 2:00AM Apr 23, 2024Forecast: 10.5 ft 8:00AM Apr 23, 2024Forecast: 10.2 ft 2:00PM Apr 23, 2024Forecast: 10 ft 8:00PM Apr 23, 2024Forecast: 9.8 ft 2:00AM Apr 24, 2024Forecast: 9.6 ft 8:00AM Apr 24, 2024Forecast: 9.4 ft 2:00PM Apr 24, 2024Forecast: 9.2 ft 8:00PM Apr 24, 2024Forecast: 9 ft 2:00AM Apr 25, 2024Forecast: 8.7 ft 8:00AM Apr 25, 2024Forecast: 8.5 ft 2:00PM Apr 25, 2024Forecast: 8.2 ft 8:00PM Apr 25, 2024Forecast: 8 ft 2:00AM Apr 26, 2024Forecast: 7.8 ft 8:00AM Apr 26, 2024Forecast: 7.5 ft 2:00PM Apr 26, 2024Forecast: 7.3 ft 8:00PM Apr 26, 2024Forecast: 7.1 ft 2:00AM Apr 27, 2024Forecast: 7 ft 8:00AM Apr 27, 2024Forecast: 6.8 ft 2:00PM Apr 27, 2024Forecast: 6.7 ft 8:00PM Apr 27, 2024Forecast: 6.6 ft 2:00AM Apr 28, 2024Forecast: 6.5 ft 8:00AM Apr 28, 2024Forecast: 6.5 ft 2:00PM Apr 28, 2024Forecast: 6.4 ft 8:00PM Apr 28, 2024Forecast: 6.3 ft 2:00AM Apr 29, 2024Forecast: 6.2 ft 8:00AM Apr 29, 2024FREI3(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (9:38PM Apr 19, 2024)ObservedForecast (issued 9:56AM Apr 19)Latest observed value: 16.44 ft at 7:00 PM EDT 19-Apr-2024. Flood Stage is 15 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
Reliability of the Forecast: Based on current and forecast river, weather and reservoir conditions

NOTE: Forecasts for the White River (IN) at Edwardsport 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: 25
Moderate Flood Stage: 22
Flood Stage: 15
Action Stage: 12
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 29.40 ft on 06/10/2008
(2) 27.65 ft on 01/09/2005
(3) 26.90 ft on 11/19/1993
(4) 26.25 ft on 01/08/1950
(5) 26.15 ft on 01/03/1991
(6) 25.30 ft on 04/24/2013
(7) 25.20 ft on 05/17/2002
(8) 25.10 ft on 05/09/2017
(9) 25.00 ft on 05/22/1943
(10) 24.77 ft on 04/08/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 15.07 ft on 01/29/2024 (P)
(2) 16.81 ft on 04/07/2023 (P)
(3) 22.19 ft on 03/29/2023 (P)
(4) 16.77 ft on 05/21/2022 (P)
(5) 17.09 ft on 04/16/2022 (P)
(6) 21.38 ft on 03/12/2022 (P)
(7) 19.04 ft on 01/03/2022 (P)
(8) 16.00 ft on 10/30/2021 (P)
(9) 18.78 ft on 07/20/2021 (P)
(10) 20.63 ft on 06/23/2021 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 2.20 ft on 01/01/1931
(2) 2.20 ft on 08/07/2012

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29.4 A failure of Levee Unit #8 about one mile downstream of Edwardsport may flood Plainville as the water can go under the railroad bridge. An area from CR 900 N east to the Indiana Southern RR and south to U.S. Highway 50 may flood in Daviess County. More than 20,000 acres are possibly flooded by various depths of water. U.S. Highway 50 downstream acts like a dam as water pours over it in two places.
29 Near record flood elevation is in progress. Breaking of levees would cause a major flood. Highway and railroad bridges are in danger of washing away. Water reaches the top of Levee Unit #8, locally known as the Bennington and the McGinnis levees. These levees protect thousands of acres of farmland and the town Plainville. Bicknell Water Treatment Plant needs sandbagging.
27 Some evacuations are necessary in low areas of Edwardsport and Elnora. Water is at the top of levee protecting low areas of Elnora.
26 Many agricultural levees overflow. Evacuations are necessary in northeast Edwardsport. Officials closely monitor Levee Unit #8. Many local roads are impassable. Rail traffic halts at Elnora. White River is over two miles wide at U.S. Highway 50.
25 A possibly serious flood is in progress. Evacuations required of those in river cabins and in northeast Edwardsport. Flood levels are at critical levels. All roads except U.S. Highway 50 flood. Rail traffic halts near Elnora. Water level is at critical levels on levees. Local officials monitor levees.
24 Water is at critical stage for major agricultural levees. All roads are underwater in flood plain except U.S. Highway 50. Evacuations are necessary from river cabins. All farmland on the unprotected sides of levees floods.
23.5 In March 2011...Daviess CR 150N...Washington Rd in Knox County...flooded around this level in Daviess County. Bottom Road in Knox County closed 2 days later at 23.75 feet on the Edwardsport gage. Numerous local roads in the river bottoms flooded in the Westphalia and Edwardsport area. Some residents use boats or hip waders to reach their residences.
23 State Road 58 near Elnora floods. Water reaches Critical stage for McGinnis levee. Some residents leave river cabins if flooding will be long.
22.9 A 25 foot section of Levee Unit 8 failed at this level on March 6 2011...flooding local roads behind the levee. Flooding not nearly as bad as June 2008 levee failure.
20 Water is at critical levels for makeshift levees. Most of bottomlands flood. Old Vincennes road and State Road 358 between Plainville and Edwardsport are impassable by several feet. High water surrounds river cabins. This type of flood occurs on average about once a year.
18.6 INDOT may close SR 358 between SR 67 at Edwardsport to SR 57 at Plainville due to flooding. SR 358 floods on the east side of the river between the levees.
18 Old Vincennes Road and State Road 358 in Daviess County and Schaefer Road in Knox County are impassable. High water affects agricultural bottomlands. During agricultural season this level is of concern to farmers on the unprotected areas along the river. High water affects river cabins.
17.5 Flooding closes Old Vincennes Road. High water crosses SR 358 on the Daviess County side just west of the levee. Flooding begins to affect higher bottomlands. Residential property of river cabins begins to flood.
16 Old Vincennes Road and residential property in this area begin to flood. Flooding of low agricultural fields occurs along portions of the river.
15 Flooding of low agricultural fields begin. Daviess CR 375 WN and North River Rd in Knox County located inside the levees are flooded.
12 Water at this level prevents some fields from draining.
(1) White River at Edwardsport
(2) June 2008: US 50 near Maysville looking east. Courtesy of Jay Arms.
(3) June 2008: Levee Unit 8 failing in Daviess County. Courtesy of Jay Arms
(4) June 2008: Levee Unit 8 in Daviess County looking south. Courtesy of Jay Arms
(5) Summer 2008: Levee break at south end of North Homestead Road
(6) Summer 2008: View north from levee break at very south end of North Pahmeier Road.
(7) Summer 2008: Pile of used sandbags at Westphalia.
(8) Summer 2008: Repaired levee break just south of SR 358. This levee also overtopped in January 1991.
(9) Summer: Levee Break near Smothers Creek.
(10) Summer 2008: CR 150 N near well fields for Washington.
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Latitude: 38.806667° N, Longitude: 87.246111° W, Horizontal Datum: Unknown

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 29 433.2 ft 448.2 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
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Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

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Current river trends available at site located on the SR 358 Bridge about one mile downstream of Edwardsport. 6 hourly readings plotted when available.

This river site is operated by Duke Energy.

Detailed stream discharges and gage heights as archived by the U.S. Geological Survey are not available. The only historical river data available is displayed on this page.
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