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Smoky Hill River near Abilene Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)ABIK1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (9:38AM Sep 23, 2023)Flood Stage is 27 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 24 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Smoky Hill River near Abilene are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 33
Moderate Flood Stage: 30
Flood Stage: 27
Action Stage: 22
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 34.00 ft on 07/14/1951
(2) 32.30 ft on 05/29/1903
(3) 32.10 ft on 07/22/1993
(4) 31.97 ft on 09/29/1973
(5) 31.88 ft on 10/12/1973
(6) 30.94 ft on 07/16/1993
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 30.00 ft on 07/05/2019
(2) 29.75 ft on 05/23/2019
(3) 30.35 ft on 05/26/2007
(4) 29.30 ft on 05/09/2007
(5) 26.80 ft on 10/22/1998
(6) 29.85 ft on 05/30/1995
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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33 Major flooding in the city of Abilene.
32.1 Water around a foot deep flows over Old Highway 40. The town of Solomon upstream has water up to 10 inches deep covering Main Street.
31.8 Flood waters overflow the top of the rainroad tracks 1 mile northwest of Enterprise.
31 Old U.S. 40 floods about 800 feet east of Eden Road at Sand Springs. Flood waters flow across Solomon Road from Solomon to 2150 Avenue.
30.5 The south side of Abilene near the Smoky Hill River floods.
30 Kansas Highway 15, Buckeye Avenue, south of Abilene floods.
27 Minor flooding begins along the Smoky Hill River from Sand Spring to Abilene.
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Latitude: 38.906389° N, Longitude: 97.284167° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 27 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 1124.12 ft 1151.12 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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