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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Smoky Hill River below Schoenchen 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: 17
Moderate Flood Stage: 14
Flood Stage: 11
Action Stage: 10
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 17.60 ft on 07/21/1993
(2) 13.57 ft on 04/14/1987
(3) 12.42 ft on 06/01/2007
(4) 11.42 ft on 10/10/2018
(5) 10.52 ft on 08/24/2010
(6) 10.51 ft on 01/11/2003
(7) 10.45 ft on 04/17/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 11.42 ft on 10/10/2018
(2) 10.45 ft on 04/17/2016
(3) 9.70 ft on 07/10/2014
(4) 10.52 ft on 08/24/2010
(5) 12.42 ft on 06/01/2007
(6) 10.51 ft on 01/11/2003
(7) 2.76 ft on 08/09/2002
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.40 ft on 01/01/1980
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17 Prepare for major flooding along the Smoky Hill River from Schoenchen throughout southeastern Ellis County. Extensive flooding of lowlands will occur, with floodwaters of six feet or more possible near the main river channel.
14 Expect moderate flooding of three feet or more along the Smoky Hill River from Schoenchen through the southeastern portion of Ellis County. Some county roads adjacent to the river will be impassable due to rising waters.
13 Expect minor flooding of two feet or more along the Smoky Hill River from Schoenchen through the southeastern portions of Ellis County, as the river moves further out onto the floodplain. Some county roads in close proximity to the river may become impassible as rising waters cover the roads.
11 Expect minor overflows along the Smoky Hill River in the vicinity of Schoenchen, as lowland flooding of pasturelands initiates immediately adjacent to the river.
(1) River Gage View Looking North
(2) Staff Gages (backup) looking north

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