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Maumee River at Defiance Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 1:00AM Jan 25, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 7:00AM Jan 25, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 1:00PM Jan 25, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 7:00PM Jan 25, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 1:00AM Jan 26, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 7:00AM Jan 26, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 1:00PM Jan 26, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 7:00PM Jan 26, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 1:00AM Jan 27, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 7:00AM Jan 27, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 1:00PM Jan 27, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 7:00PM Jan 27, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 1:00AM Jan 28, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 7:00AM Jan 28, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 1:00PM Jan 28, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 7:00PM Jan 28, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 1:00AM Jan 29, 2022Highest Forecast: 0.3 ft 7:00AM Jan 29, 2022National Weather Service Northern IndianaDEFO1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (12:37AM Jan 25, 2022)Forecast (issued 8:19AM Jan 24)Flood Stage is 10 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 48 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Gauge readings unavailable - awaiting repair.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Maumee River at Defiance are issued routinely year-round.

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Upstream Gauge - at Antwerp OH Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - near Defiance (Independence Dam)
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 15
Flood Stage: 10
Action Stage: 8
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 26.00 ft on 03/26/1913
(2) 20.50 ft on 03/15/1982
(3) 18.85 ft on 06/29/2015
(4) 18.50 ft on 02/25/1985
(5) 17.97 ft on 02/08/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 11.70 ft on 05/11/2021 (P)
(2) 12.39 ft on 05/18/2019
(3) 13.85 ft on 02/22/2018 (P)
(4) 10.17 ft on 07/12/2017
(5) 12.28 ft on 12/30/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.00 ft on 08/02/1945
(2) 0.01 ft on 10/11/2008
(3) 0.20 ft on 09/20/1948
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20 A record flood is in progress in the city of Defiance with numerous flood losses.
19 East side station pumps are activated at this level.
18.5 Flooding of the Social Security building begins. Homes on the 700 Block of Riverside Drive and Spafford Street become surrounged by flood water. Third Street and Holgate Avenue begin to flood.
18.3 Flood water closes Perry Street at First Street.
18.1 Water crosses east Second Street at Auglaize Street. Flood waters cross over Riverside Avenue at Horace Street.
17.8 Third Street Viaduct and Fort Street flood. Holgae Avenue is closed by flood water. Basements in the Defiance business district flood.
17.5 Flood water covers the road at Jackson and West First streets.
17.2 East Second...Auglaize...Jackson...First and East River streets closed by flood waters. Basement of house at 409 Fort Street floods at this level.
17 Fort...Jefferson and East Second streets flood.
16.5 The Kingsbury Park area is closed due to flooding. Many roads are closed due to high water.
16 The corner of second and Auglaize streets...Summit between Front and First Street and 80 percent of Kingsbury Park flood. Watson Road and South State Route 66 at Powell Creek are closed by flood waters.
15.3 Mobile home park in Kingsbury Court floods and water is at the rear of houses along the 700 block of North Riverside Avenue and West River Drive.
15 North end of East Front and Wayne Streets and areas between Main and Prospect Streets flood.
14 Corner of East First and Auglaize Streets and parts of Second and Hopkins Streets flood.
13.7 The parking lot behind old Leever Glass Company floods. Rear houses at 600 block of Riverside Avenue and 312 Auglaize Street and the basement of Charlie's Downunder on Clinton Street flood.
13 Flooding occurs along Auglaize...East Front and Summit Streets near State Routes 424 and 281.
12.3 Flooding begins on Auglaize and East Front Streets and in the rear of the building at Leever Glass.
10 Flooding occurs in Kingsbury and Pontiac Parks.
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Latitude: 41.279167° N, Longitude: 84.386667° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 10 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 29 658.56 ft 668.56 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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10 Day (HEFS) 7 Day (NAEFS) River Forecast VS. River Potential
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