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White River (IN) at Rocky Ripple Stage (ft)RRPI3(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (11:52PM May 23, 2024)Flood Stage is 7 ft
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NOTE: We are looking for a volunteer to monitor this river gauge. If interested, contact the local NWS office.

NOTE: Stage measured manually and reported by river observer. No automated gauge on-site.

NOTE: Forecasts are not available for the White River (IN) at Rocky Ripple. Only observed stages are available for this point.

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Upstream Gauge - below Broad Ripple Dam Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Indianapolis Museum of Art
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 17
Moderate Flood Stage: 12
Flood Stage: 7
Action Stage: 5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 20.45 ft on 03/25/1913
(2) 15.50 ft on 12/31/1990
(3) 14.75 ft on 04/15/1964
(4) 14.30 ft on 01/14/2005
(5) 14.15 ft on 06/15/1958
(6) 13.80 ft on 04/20/2013
(7) 13.50 ft on 07/11/2003
(8) 13.00 ft on 03/25/2007
(9) 12.60 ft on 01/07/2005
(10) 12.00 ft on 03/02/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 6.11 ft on 09/11/2018
(2) 10.30 ft on 04/05/2018 (P)
(3) 11.80 ft on 05/06/2017
(4) 8.80 ft on 12/30/2015
(5) 10.70 ft on 06/29/2015
(6) 9.70 ft on 04/05/2014
(7) 10.60 ft on 12/24/2013
(8) 13.80 ft on 04/20/2013
(9) 11.90 ft on 01/15/2013
(10) 12.00 ft on 03/02/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.

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19.14 Rocky Ripple is most likely under water.
17.39 Top of local levee for Rocky Ripple.
17 Near top of local levee. Levee failure may be immenient. In the event or the indication that the levee protecting Rocky Ripple fails, the Rocky Ripple Flood Advisory Group issues an Evacuation Warning...Code Purple...regardless of river reading on Rocky Ripple staff gage.
15.5 Flood waters at the back of several homes in the Rocky Ripple area. Local residents watching river levels closely.
15 The Rocky Ripple Flood Advisory Group issues a Critical Status...Code Red...when the White River reaches 15 feet and continues to rise on the local staff gage. Critical Status is valid for 15 feet and higher.
12 Rocky Ripple Flood Advisory Group issues a River Warning...Code Orange...when the White River reaches 12 feet on the local staff gage. The River Warning is valid between 12 and 15 feet.
8 The Rocky Ripple Flood Advisory Group issues a River Watch...Code Yellow...when the White River reaches 8 feet on the local staff gage. The River Watch is valid between 8 and 12 feet.
(1) Wahpihani Park in Rocky Ripple
(2) View east in Wahpihani Park at Rocky Ripple.
(3) View southwest in Wahpihani Park at Rocky Ripple.
(4) Local flood protection at Rocky Ripple.
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Latitude: 39.850833° N, Longitude: 86.177222° W, Horizontal Datum: Unknown

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 7 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 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other 694.85 ft 701.85 ft  
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Current river trends available at the Indianapolis Museum of Art site located just downstream of Rocky Ripple or the Below Broad Ripple Dam site located upstream of Rocky Ripple.
This river site is operated solely by the National Weather Service at Indianapolis.

Detailed stream discharges and gage heights as archived by the U.S. Geological Survey are not available. Much of the data that is available is displayed on this page.

If you have questions please call the National Weather Service at 317€“856€“0360 or e€“mail us at
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Indianapolis, IN 46241
(317) 856-0360
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