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East Fork White River at Williams Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)WLLI3(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (11:07AM Jan 19, 2022)ObservedLatest observed value: 5.5 ft at 7:00 AM EST 10-Jan-2022. Flood Stage is 8 ft
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NOTE: Gauge readings received once daily during low-water and more frequently during high water.

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

Reliability of the Forecast: Based on current and forecast river, weather and reservoir conditions

NOTE: Forecasts for the East Fork White River at Williams are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Upstream Gauge - near Bedford Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Shoals
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 14
Flood Stage: 8
Action Stage: 5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 31.00 ft on 03/27/1913
(2) 25.00 ft on 01/25/1937
(3) 22.40 ft on 05/12/1961
(4) 21.50 ft on 03/09/1945
(5) 21.30 ft on 01/09/2005
(6) 21.00 ft on 01/26/1959
(7) 20.90 ft on 01/09/1950
(8) 20.60 ft on 01/14/1930
(9) 20.40 ft on 01/09/1949
(10) 20.00 ft on 03/23/1943
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 8.20 ft on 07/23/2021 (P)
(2) 8.30 ft on 06/24/2021 (P)
(3) 8.30 ft on 03/05/2021 (P)
(4) 12.00 ft on 03/25/2020 (P)
(5) 11.70 ft on 01/16/2020 (P)
(6) 15.30 ft on 06/22/2019
(7) 8.30 ft on 04/30/2019
(8) 9.80 ft on 04/26/2019
(9) 16.20 ft on 02/12/2019
(10) 8.20 ft on 01/28/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -2.00 ft on 01/01/1931
(2) 0.40 ft on 09/02/2013
(3) 0.40 ft on 09/01/2012

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32 An unbelievable flood is in progress. Flood levels are at record height. Homes located on the slopes of hills begin to flood. Flood waters wash out railroad near Williams and all county bridges. People in the flood plain have lost everything.
28 Flood waters are nearing a record level. Flooding is at an almost unheard of levels. This is the highest level since March 1913. Persons in flood plain areas have lost everything.
24 Flood waters are approaching railroad tracks near Williams. This is the greatest flood since January 1937. A serious flood is in progress. Evacuations are necessary along local streams and on low knolls. High water isolates many rural persons.
22 A major flood is in progress. The river is at its highest level since May 1961. Evacuation of residents on low knolls may be necessary. Local roads are underwater by 3 to possibly 15 feet.
20 Flood levels approach a serious level. Evacuations are necessary for those on lowest knolls. Flood waters cover nearly the entire flood plain.
18.52 State Road 450 west of Williams beings to flood just west of Huron and Williams Road. Local travel between Williams and Shoals must take long detours. The only land route to Williams is via Ridge Road from the north. High waters surrounds a few residents near Martin State Forest. Extensive flooding occurs in Chase Ripple area downstream of Williams.
18.51 During the March 2008 flood these roads remained flooded according to the Bedford Times: Peerless Road, Lawrenceport Tunnelton Road, Pumphouse Road, Indiana State Road 450, Stumphole Bridge Road, Mill Creek Road, Earl Road, Dillon Road, River Road and Rager Road.
16 Local residents in a few river cabins may have to evacuate. Backwater affects some residents along local streams. Extensive flooding is in progress. Dillman Road (CR 1000 W) immediately north of Indiana 450 just west of Williams is flooded by as much as 2 feet of water.
14.9 On April 24, 2011 extensive flooding in progress with SR 450 between Bedford and Shoals flooded in at least 3 locations. The deepest location was just east of Williams near the RR tressel. The next deepest was at Coxton Rd where backwater from the river extensively flooded Salt Creek. The last location was west of Williams near Dillman Rd where backwater from the river closed the road. To reach Williams one must use Ridge Road. Extensive flooding of many local river roads in Lawrence Co.
14 Flooding approaches local residents located on low flood plain areas on local streams. State Road 450 just east of Williams is extensively flooded and becomes a recreational area for local geese and ducks. Only the highest campgrounds at Williams Dam are out of water. Huron and Williams Road flooded immediately south of Indiana 450 just west of Williams. Dillman Road (CR 1000 W) immediately north of Indiana 450 begins to flood. Indiana 450 begins to flood at Coxton Road.
13.2 During the July 2015 summer flood, water began to overflow the road to the new Williams Bridge. SR 450 closes in several locations. Most local roads in the flood plain are impassable at this level. Huron-Williams Road flooded south of Port Williams Road. The summer flood crest of 13.2 feet came 3 weeks later in the summer season than the June 28, 1960 crest of 15.1 feet and is believed to be the latest for the summer season since at least the late 1940s.
12 River begins to be noticeable as water backs up in local streams. State Road 450 closes in several locations. Higher campgrounds flood. Most roads in the flood plain are impassable above this level. Huron-Williams Road begins to flood south of Port Williams Road.
11.2 Extensive river flooding in progress. Several local roads are flooded including SR 450 just east of Williams and Stumphole Bridge Rd. Local residents use Ridge Road to travel from Williams to Bedford at this level and higher.
11 During the late March 2008 flood, the Bedford Times reported the following County roads still flooded; River Road, entire road; Bartlettsville Road, by the bridge and in the bottoms; Judah-Logan Road, by the bridge; Logan Bottoms, the gravel part; Donica Church Road, between Logan Bottom and the hill; Peerless Road, by Mica Metals; Little Salt Creek Run; Stumphole Bridge Road, near Indiana 450; Huron-Williams Road; Lawrenceport Road; Rivervale Road and Earl Road.
10 State Road 450 near Williams and County Road 400 South closed by high water. Lowest campground begins to flood. Additional agricultural flooding occurs.
9.5 Campground begins to flood at Williams Dam.
9.3 Flood crest of August 2009. State Road 450 near Williams and South Chase Riffle Road located about 2 miles downstream of Williams flooded at this level. Flooding of low agricultural land in Lawrence and Martin counties.
9.19 State Road 450 just east of Williams is closed by high water. Low agricultural grounds flood.
8.9 Water now begins to cover State Road 450 at the Public Access Site just east of Williams.
8.6 Water is on State Road 450 at the railroad trestle just east of Williams.
8.4 During December 2013...SR 450 immediately east of Williams was flooded and locals used Ridge Road to travel to Bedford.
8 Flood stage at Williams. Bottomlands are beginning to flood. Stumphole road...South Chase Riffle Road and possibly other rural county roads in Western Lawrence County flood.
7.5 Lowest agricultural lands begin to flood. County Road 400 S (Stumphole Road) near Williams begins to flood. Water is 6 to 10 inches deep and covers about 150 yards of the road. Water on either side of the road could be 12 feet deep.
7.3 State Road 450 at the railroad trestle just east of Williams was covered with high water on the morning of May 16, 2008. This water was too deep for safe passage of cars. On the morning of May 19, 2008...water was off State Road 450...but still on nearby Stumphole Road. River reading was 7.6 feet.
6.5 Low private campgrounds begin to flood.
4.7 Current is too strong for most boats.
(1) Williams March 15 2006 at 17.3 feet. Photo courtesy of Ed Yess.
(2) SR 450 at Williams January 2007. River Stage 13.9 feet.
(3) Williams Dam December 2009.
(4) Williams Dam December 2009. View looking northeast from dam.
(5) Williams Dam December 2009. View looking southwest from dam.
(6) Williams Dam July 2006. View looking northeast from dam.
(7) Williams Dam July 2006. View looking southwest from dam.
(8) Williams Dam July 2006. Approximate March 1913 flood elevation..
(9) Low spot on SR 450 just east of Williams that floods after heavy rain and in a large flood.
(10) Willliams Covered Bridge March 29, 2007. New highway bridge under construction December 2009.
(11) Westerly view of Huron and Williams Road from Williams Covered Bridge.
(12) Southeast view from Williams Covered Bridge.
(13) West Aerial View of Williams Covered Bridge March 15 2006. Credit Ed Yess.
(14) West Aerial View of Williams Covered Bridge March 15 2006. Credit Ed Yess.
(15) Aerial View just west of Williams March 15 2006. Credit Ed Yess.
(16) Aerial View from Southwest edge of Williams March 15 2006. Credit Ed Yess.
(17) Extensively flooded SR 450 east of Williams March 15 2006. Credit Ed Yess.
(18) E.F. White River southwest of Williams near Martin-Lawrence County line on 03-15-06. Credit Ed Yess
(19) View of dam on October 5, 2004. Estimated river level of 0.5 foot.
(20) West vew from ramp below dam on October 5, 2004. Estimated river level of 0.5 foot.
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Latitude: 38.802222° N, Longitude: 86.645556° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 8 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 29 472.56 ft 480.56 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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