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Muscatatuck River at Wheeler Hollow Stage (ft)WHLI3(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (1:37PM Jan 21, 2022)Flood Stage is 18 ft
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NOTE: Gauge reading only in high-water situations.

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

NOTE: Forecasts are not available for the Muscatatuck River at Wheeler Hollow. Only observed stages are available for this point.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 28
Moderate Flood Stage: 22.5
Flood Stage: 18
Action Stage: 14.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 32.00 ft on 03/28/1913
(2) 29.50 ft on 01/24/1959
(3) 28.50 ft on 01/08/2005
(4) 28.25 ft on 03/21/2008
(5) 27.00 ft on 06/09/2008
(6) 26.00 ft on 07/17/2015
(7) 25.50 ft on 08/08/2009
(8) 25.30 ft on 04/27/2011
(9) 25.00 ft on 03/14/2006
(10) 24.75 ft on 12/24/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 19.80 ft on 12/04/2018
(2) 22.10 ft on 11/06/2018
(3) 22.30 ft on 09/13/2018
(4) 19.00 ft on 06/16/2018
(5) 19.20 ft on 04/18/2018
(6) 24.10 ft on 04/06/2018
(7) 24.55 ft on 02/27/2018
(8) 20.90 ft on 11/10/2017
(9) 19.20 ft on 07/16/2017
(10) 19.30 ft on 06/27/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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28.25 This estimated level of the March 2008 flood. This flood is not believed to be the record flood for the Muscatatuck River. These honors go to the February 1959 flood.
28 This level is estimated because the gage is underwater. Flooding of this type occurred in January 2005 and March 2008. Impossible to travel to Wheeler Hollow by normal route. People must take high ground route to get out. Water in at least 3 homes during March 2008 and approaching or about to enter several more. At least a few people who flooded in January 2005 relocated to higher ground before March 2008. A few new residents experienced the March 2008 flood.
24.5 Top of staff gage. Extensive flooding in progress. Water around several homes. Local roads are flooded extensive. State road 135 likely flooded just north of Milport at this level and higher.
23.5 Extensive flooding in progress affecting local residents and closing several local roads. River residents very concerned.
22.5 A few residents needed to park vehicles on higher ground so they can get it. A few local roads flood. Water in some residents backyards.
21.7 Several driveways in the Wheeler Hollow area were flooded at this level in April 2015.
20 High water is noticed along the river. Flood waters in a few backyards. A few roads are flooded.
18 Floods area in a few low spots and woodland areas along the river. Residential property is not directly at this point.
16 High water begins to affect lowland areas along the river.
(1) Looking ENE at Staff Gage at Wheeler Hollow on 1/28/2003.
(2) Looking ESE from Staff Gage at Wheeler Hollow on 1/28/2003
(3) Looking NW from at Staff Gage at Wheeler Hollow on 1/28/2003
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Latitude: 38.768056° N, Longitude: 86.152222° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 18 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 0 ft 16 ft  

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