Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage:
Moderate Flood Stage:
Low Flow (in KCFS):
(1) 42.20 ft on 03/28/1913
(2) 37.02 ft on 01/25/1937
(3) 35.30 ft on 03/08/1897
(4) 35.00 ft on 03/17/1907
(5) 34.20 ft on 03/30/1904
(6) 33.53 ft on 05/13/1961
(7) 33.22 ft on 01/11/2005
(8) 32.88 ft on 03/10/1945
(9) 32.60 ft on 01/15/1930
(10) 32.07 ft on 01/27/1959
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(1) 15.07 ft on 11/08/2018
(2) 13.06 ft on 09/16/2018
(3) 10.18 ft on 06/27/2018
(4) 9.05 ft on 06/17/2018
(5) 26.26 ft on 04/09/2018
(6) 27.30 ft on 03/02/2018
(7) 11.21 ft on 11/12/2017
(8) 9.56 ft on 07/18/2017
(9) 11.99 ft on 06/19/2017
(10) 22.99 ft on 05/11/2017
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Low Water Records
(1) 2.07 ft on 08/31/2012
(2) 2.15 ft on 09/19/2013
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Record or near record flood is in progress. Severe damage occurs to home, businesses, roads, bridges and railroads in the flood plain. Some houses flood above the second story. U.S. Highway 50 is open, but there is water on each side of road. Anything on left bank 3 feet or lower of U.S. Highway 50 is flooded. Many evacuations are necessary.
A very unusual flood is in progress. January 1937 is the last time a level was greater than 37 feet.
Major flood is in progress. Residential, agricultural and business areas in flood plain of Shoals and rural Martin County severely flood. All islands in the flood plain completely flood. Flooding threatens county bridges and railroad. Many evacuations are necessary.
During the March 2008 flood, State Road 550 extensively flooded on the left bank of the river bridge. One county road on the left bank is totally submerged and another near the hill is barely visible. The south bound lane on the right bank of the river was barely passable, but once your are over the bridge you end in deep, fast flowing flood water. There is no Hindostan Falls, just a very big river. Water near State Road 550 just before turn off to the Falls. One farmer must boat into his house.
Beaver Creek extensivelly flooded on south side of U.S. Highway 50 and where State Road 150 crosses the creek. Floodeing affects homes and low lying businesses along State Road 150. Water is in some homes and blocks exits for other. State Road 150 and U.S. Highway 50 are high and not subject to flooding unless the river goes over 42 or so feet.
A major flood is in progress. Commercial and residential areas begin to flood. Sawmill operation just east of Shoals begins to flood. Water covers Second, Eighth, and High Streets in Shoals. Several evacuations are necessary. People located on islands are isolated by high water and/or flooded. All local river roads are submerged by several feet.
Flood level begins to have a serious impact on low lying commerical area in Shoals along Beaver Creek. Local car dealer must move vehicles.
Backwater from the Great Flood of June 2008 flooded Windom Road at Simons and Blue Creek. The flood wave had dissipated greatly by the time it reached the Shoals area and was about 2 feet lower than high water seen earlier in March of that year. Nevertheless...rumors had a March 1913 flood coming to Shoals and local river people where shaken up.
Flood levels get the attention of much of Martin county. Water flows over 2nd Street. Grain elevator begins to flood along Spout Spring Road. Residents along Low Street flood. Residents of several mobile homes must move or evacuate. Flood waters are several feet deep on local river roads. This level and higher creates major land transportation problems downstream of Shoals where Lost River enters East Fork White River. School closes if in session.
Beginning April 25, 2011 and continuing through May 8, 2011 three county roads were closed because of East Fork White River flooding in northern Dubois County. Portersville Rd W was closed in two locations...just east of CR 500W and between CR 650W and CR 660W. One other county road was flooded.
High water affects low residential areas on left bank at Shoals. Some evacuations or moving of mobile homes is necessary. Local roads flood more extensively. Rural residents move livestock and equipment to high ground. State Road 550 floods on right bank and also between Trinity and Dover Hill.
Roads that flood include, East and West River Road, Spout Spring Road, State Road 550 in two places, a county road near Beech Creek, Chicken Farm Road and Cemetery Road. High water forms at least one island. Two families must walk or take boats to leave. One county road in Dubois County floods.
During prolonged high water of late March and early April 2008, Windom Road had one lane open. On March 11 2011 SR 550 just south of Loogootee was closed by high water on the south side of the river. At least one nearby county road was flooded. Considerable lowland flooding in progress.
West River Road east from Shoals flooded in at least two locations. Residential area near McBrides Bluff isolated by high water. Low lying county roads east of McBrides Bluff also flooded.
Lowland flooding affects all local roads in the flood plain. Farmers must move some livestock to higher ground. State Road 550 floods on left bank. Roads that flood include West River, Spout Spring, Cemetery, East River, Chicken Farm and a few other side roads near the river. East Fork White River forms at least one island. Two families are nearly isolated. Significant agricultural flooding is in progress.
Significant flooding of agricultural lands begins. Livestock in low bottoms must be moved to higher ground. Cemetery road, East River road, and State Road 550 near Hindostan Church, and State Road 257 south of Washington begins to flood. Water on Dubois CR 725 North in March 2011. Water receded from SR 550 during March 2011 on the south side of the river in the Loogootee area.
During August 2009...water covered a portion of SR 257 south of Washington about 1 day after reaching this level. At the time the West Fork of White River was receding slowly and the reading at Edwardsport was around 6 feet. The reading at Petersburg was 15.8 feet. The water did not go over SR 257 completely.
During August 2009...bottomland flooding occurred in Martin County at this level.
Lowest agricultural lands begin to flood. Parking area on left bank at Hindostan Falls begins to flood. State Road 257 south of Washington may flood.
Lowest agricultural areas along the East Fork White River begin to flood, particularly downstream of Shoals.
(1) Shoals at 27.5 feet. March 15, 2006 flood. Photo courtesy of Ed Yess.
(2) Shoals at 27.5 feet. March 15, 2006 flood. Credit Ed Yess.
(3) Trinity Springs and where Indian Creek empties into the E.F White River March 15 2006. Credit Ed Yes
(4) Northwest view of Shoals. River 30.3 feet. Credit: CAP.
(5) West view of Shoals. River 30.3 feet. Credit: CAP.
(6) View of US Highway 50 and Railroad Bridges. River 30.3 feet. Credit: CAP.
(7) North view of the east side of Shoals. River 30.3 feet. Credit: CAP.
(8) East side of Shoals. River 30.3 feet. Credit: CAP.