Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage:
Moderate Flood Stage:
Low Flow (in KCFS):
(1) 28.50 ft on 03/26/1913
(2) 26.84 ft on 06/08/2008
(3) 25.08 ft on 01/07/2005
(4) 23.95 ft on 01/01/1991
(5) 23.82 ft on 11/16/1993
(6) 23.33 ft on 04/23/1964
(7) 23.30 ft on 09/04/2003
(8) 23.22 ft on 05/06/2017
(9) 23.20 ft on 01/16/1937
(10) 23.20 ft on 05/15/1933
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(1) 22.10 ft on 02/09/2019
(2) 16.23 ft on 01/26/2019
(3) 13.70 ft on 11/03/2018
(4) 16.32 ft on 09/11/2018
(5) 22.70 ft on 04/05/2018
(6) 20.48 ft on 02/26/2018
(7) 20.77 ft on 07/13/2017
(8) 14.19 ft on 06/27/2017
(9) 23.22 ft on 05/06/2017
(10) 16.90 ft on 01/22/2017
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Low Water Records
(1) 0.88 ft on 09/25/1941
(2) 2.20 ft on 08/05/2012
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Record flood is in progress. Flood waters approaching courthouse from the south as south side of Spencer floods. Much of Prospect Park near SR 46 and U.S. 231 is completely underwater. A devastating flood on the river side of railroad tracks.
Spencer Wastewater Treatment Plant begins to flood. It may be the only dry spot in Spencer proper except for the hills.
Water is at record flood level. In the newer areas of southeast Spencer, flood waters surround apartments, the Senior Citizens Center, and nursing home. Flood waters two feet deep in Fairground Building. Possible first floor flooding on south side of Spencer.
City Maintenance Garage floods by several feet. Evacuations are necessary in Southport area. Residential area near gravel pit just downstream completely floods. Extensive rural flooding just north of Freedom is in progress.
Buildings in the Owen County Fairgrounds begin to flood. Flood waters begin to enter Spencer proper. A few homes at the intersection of CR 25 E and CR 75 S impacted or will soon be impacted by high water immediately south of Spencer.
City Maintenance Garage begins to flood.
North South road located on east side of Owen Valley Middle and High Schools begins to flood.
Prospect Park on west side of Spencer extensively floods. Streets that partially flood on the south side include E Cooper and Clay Streets, and S West, Montgomery Street, Main, Washington, Harrison, and East Streets. Sandbagging is necessary on the south side of Spencer.
A major flood is in progress. As many as 150 people may be forced to evacuate from the western outskirts of Spencer.
Flooding affects all homes in Prospect Park area in western Spencer. Evacuations are necessary. Flood water affects southern Spencer and across the river in Southport area. Fairgrounds parking lot and arena flood.
East side of Cooper Street on south side of Spencer begins to flood.
County road south of river gage begins to flood.
Some evacuations may begin in Prospect Park area and western outskirts of Spencer. Recreational area on southwest side of Spencer is flooded. Flood waters affect the southern part of Freedom while rural area just north of Freedom extensively floods. Several local roads along the White River in southern Owen County are flooded extensively.
Prospect Park area, western outskirts, and East Street begin to flood in Spencer.
Hyden Road, Fifth Avenue, and west side of Cooper Street in southern Spencer begin to flood.
Road south of river gage begins to flood. Gosport Road closes. Extensive agricultural flooding is in progress. Moon Road in very rural northwest Monroe County is extensively flooded.
Flooding begins of Owen County Fairgrounds and Cooper Park on south side of Spencer.
Lowest portions of Trails 1 and 7 flood in McCormicks Creek State Park. Extensive backwater in Rattlesnake, Fall, McCormicks, Limestone, Big, and Bean Blossom Creeks with overflow flooding crops or hay.
High water affects Owen County Fairgrounds parking lot and county roads in the Freedom area.
A few mobile homes located downstream of Spencer are isolated because their driveway lanes flood. County Line Road on north side of river has one foot of water and begins to flood in a second place. Spencer Public Access extensively floods. North Moon Road in very rural northwest Monroe County is flooded by the White River.
County Line Road south of Gosport begins to flood.
Flood water affects gravel pit. High water concerns farmers in agricultural season about crops and livestock. Lowest portions of Trails 1 and 7 in McCormicks Creek Park flood.
Gosport Road, also known as County Line Road in Owen County, begins to flood on north side of river. Romona Road west of Gosport begins to flood. Flooding of low agricultural land is noticeable.
Lowland flooding begins in the Spencer and Gosport areas. The river begins to backup Rattlesnake, Fall, McCormicks, Limestone, Big, and Bean Blossom Creeks. Spencer Public Access site begins to flood.
On May 30, 2011 one person could not canoe at this level because the water was too high. He may have viewed the river earlier in the day when it was near 12 feet.
(1) Bridge over White River just south of Spencer.
(2) Ground level west view of White River.
(3) Ground level east view of White River.
(4) East view of White River.
(5) South view of White River.
(6) Southwest view of White River flood plain.
(7) West view of White River.
(8) View of West Cooper Street.
(9) View of East Cooper Street. Area flooded in June 2008.
(10) Distant View of East Cooper Street. Area flooded in June 2008.