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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Kickapoo River at Viola are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - at La Farge Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Readstown
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 18
Moderate Flood Stage: 16
Flood Stage: 14
Action Stage: 12
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 23.72 ft on 08/29/2018
(2) 21.25 ft on 06/09/2008
(3) 21.00 ft on 07/01/1978
(4) 20.25 ft on 07/21/2017
(5) 19.32 ft on 09/22/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 12.13 ft on 10/04/2019 (P)
(2) 14.40 ft on 10/03/2019 (P)
(3) 17.20 ft on 07/20/2019
(4) 14.30 ft on 05/29/2019
(5) 23.72 ft on 08/29/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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20 Water reaches the underside of the bridge, and the bridge begins to act as a dam holding back water.
19 Water goes over Main Street in Viola. There is a potential for serious damage in town.
18 Buildings in Viola begin to flood.
17 Water is flowing over Highway 56 east of Viola.
16.5 Highway 56 just east of Viola is closed due to flooding.
16 Water begins going over Highway 131/56 in Viola.
15 Banker Park and Campground in Viola experiences significant flooding.
14.5 Two roads north of Viola may be under water. Water may be over Highway 131, 3 miles north of Viola, near Ski Hill Road, and also over Simmons Flat Road about a mile north of town.
14 Minor flooding occurs in areas near the river, including Banker Park in Viola. Flooding also affects low lying agricultural land.
(1) Upstream view at Viola, October 21st, 2014, Stage = 7.35 ft
(2) Downstream view at Viola, October 21st, 2014, Stage = 7.35 ft
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