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Blanchard River at Ottawa, OH (OTTO1)


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Inundation Levels
NAVD88 Stage

Record Crest: 33.3 ft
729.831.4

Major Flooding Begins

728.430.0
727.429.0
726.428.0

Moderate Flooding Begins

725.427.0
724.426.0
723.425.0
722.424.0

Minor Flooding Begins

721.423.0
720.422.0
719.421.0

Near Flooding Begins

718.420.0

Below Flooding Begins

* = Extended rating
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5.2 ft at 10/25/2021 04:30:00 UTC
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 30
Moderate Flood Stage: 27
Flood Stage: 23
Action Stage: 20
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 33.30 ft on 03/25/1913
(2) 31.40 ft on 08/23/2007
(3) 29.75 ft on 06/15/1981
(4) 29.72 ft on 02/11/1959
(5) 29.29 ft on 02/07/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 23.80 ft on 05/11/2021 (P)
(2) 25.17 ft on 05/20/2020
(3) 25.32 ft on 04/27/2019
(4) 22.23 ft on 02/22/2018
(5) 27.55 ft on 07/15/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -2.37 ft on 01/15/1979
(2) -1.50 ft on 02/19/1980
(3) 4.39 ft on 08/28/2020
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Graphical representation of flood inundation for NWS flood categories are based on steady state hydraulic modeling of water surface elevations for incremented discharges. Map shows approximate inundation areas for given water surface elevations and should not be used for navigation or permitting or other legal purposes, but strictly as a planning reference tool.

Site-specific information:
These inundation maps for the Blanchard River at Ottawa were developed by the Indiana USGS, and made available on this site through funding by the Village of Ottawa and the National Weather Service.

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29 Widespread major flooding occurs throughout downtown Ottawa.
27 Flooding worsens on the south side of Ottawa, with water on several roads. Flooding also begins in other areas of Ottawa.
26.6 Flood water begins to hit the bottom of the bridge at the gage site.
25 Flooding begins along south Walnut and west Second Streets on the south side of Ottawa.
23 Lowland flooding occurs mainly in south Ottawa. Flood water also gets into low farmlands.
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(1) Upstream view from gauge site
(2) Downstream view from gauge site
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Per USGS record: All periods of record that are estimated are rated poor. All other periods are rated as follows: For the period Oct. 1, 2014 to Feb. 10, 2016, records good. Feb. 11, 2016 to Dec. 22, 2016 discharge records are good. Dec. 23, 2016 to Feb. 14, 2017 discharge records are fair. Feb. 15, 2017 to May 29, 2017 discharge records are good. May 30, 2017 to Nov. 14, 2017 discharge records are fair. Nov. 15, 2017 to Oct. 30, 2018 discharge records are fair, except for discharges between 700 cfs. and 5900 cfs. which are poor. Gauge zero transitioned from 699 NGVD29 to 698.43 NAVD88 on Oct 1, 2009. Potential River Levels - Used to
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Graphical representation of flood inundation for NWS flood categories are based on steady state hydraulic modeling of water surface elevations for incremented discharges. Map shows approximate inundation areas for given water surface elevations and should not be used for navigation or permitting or other legal purposes, but strictly as a planning reference tool.