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Lee Creek near Van Buren LCR Tailwater (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 395 ft at 6:30AM Jul 11, 2019Observed: 394.5 ft at 6:30AM Jul 12, 2019Observed: 394.4 ft at 9:27AM Jul 13, 2019Observed: 394.1 ft at 7:17AM Jul 14, 2019Observed: 394.1 ft at 7:16AM Jul 15, 2019Observed: 393.7 ft at 6:45AM Jul 16, 2019Observed: 394.1 ft at 6:27AM Jul 17, 2019Observed: 394.7 ft at 6:41AM Jul 18, 2019Highest Observation: 395 ft at 6:30AM Jul 19, 2019VBRA4(plotting HTIRZ) Graph Created (2:52AM Jul 20, 2019)ObservedLatest observed value: 395 ft at 6:30 AM CDT 19-Jul-2019. Flood Stage is 401 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 18 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Lee Creek near Van Buren LCR 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: 405
Moderate Flood Stage: 404
Flood Stage: 401
Action Stage: 399
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 417.50 ft on 12/28/2015
(2) 416.90 ft on 06/01/2019 (P)
(3) 408.20 ft on 04/24/2004
(4) 407.20 ft on 06/23/2019
(5) 406.60 ft on 04/30/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 407.20 ft on 06/23/2019
(2) 401.00 ft on 06/08/2019
(3) 404.60 ft on 06/07/2019
(4) 416.90 ft on 06/01/2019 (P)
(5) 399.20 ft on 01/04/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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417 major flooding occurs downstream from the Lee Creek Reservoir. Residences approximately one quarter mile downstream of the dam are inundated by a couple of feet of water. Residences approximately two-thirds of a mile downstream of the dam are inundated to a depth of several feet. The recreational campground near Rena Road is severely flooded. Rena Road is inundated by high water. The flood of record is 417.5 feet, which occurred on December 28, 2015. This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation.
414 major flooding occurs downstream from the Lee Creek Reservoir. Residences approximately one quarter mile downstream of the reservoir begin to be impacted by flood water. Residences approximately two-thirds of a mile downstream of the reservoir are inundated to a depth of several feet. The recreational campground near Rena Road is severely flooded. Rena Road is inundated by high water. The flood of record is 417.5 feet, which occurred on December 28, 2015. This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation.
411 major flooding occurs downstream from the Lee Creek Reservoir. The recreational campground near Rena Road is severely flooded. Rena Road is inundated by high water. Several residences along Lee Creek downstream from the reservoir are flooded. This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation.
408 major flooding occurs downstream from the Lee Creek Reservoir. The recreational campground near Rena Road is severely flooded. Rena Road is inundated by high water. Several residences along Lee Creek downstream from the reservoir are flooded. Flooding is comparable to the flooding which occurred on April 24, 2004. This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation.
405 Tailwater Park is inundated by high water. Permanent structures in the park are damaged. Flood waters begin to affect residences approximately two-thirds of a mile downstream from the dam. Flood waters reach a permanent residence at the campground near Rena Road and recreational vehicles in the campground may be flooded. Rena Road is inundated by high water. This is a dangerous situation.
404 Tailwater Park is inundated. Some permanent structures in the park are flooded. A recreational vehicle campground near Rena Road may be flooded. Rena Road is inundated by high water just east of the bridge over Lee Creek.
402 the access road into Tailwater Park may be impassable due to high water. The recreational vehicle campground near Rena Road is affected by high water.
401 water may begin to cover an access road into Tailwater Park. The recreational vehicle campground near Rena Road begins to be affected by high water.
399 faster flows are expected along the river but no flooding occurs. Interests near the river, Tailwater Park, and the recreational vehicle campground should continue to monitor later forecasts.
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Latitude: 35.483889° N, Longitude: 94.392778° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 401 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
Elevation
(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 0 ft 401 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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Flood stage was reset to use tailwater elevation (MSL) on June 2005. Historic crests were based on a flood stage of 23 feet above a preset datum at the Lee Creek Reservoir.
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