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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 at Ellsworth 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: 27
Moderate Flood Stage: 24
Flood Stage: 20
Action Stage: 18
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 30.07 ft on 07/22/1993
(2) 27.20 ft on 06/01/1938
(3) 25.70 ft on 08/13/1927
(4) 25.57 ft on 07/23/1993
(5) 24.85 ft on 07/26/1990
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 11.66 ft on 06/06/2022
(2) 14.68 ft on 05/27/2021
(3) 21.43 ft on 06/22/2020
(4) 20.90 ft on 05/26/2019
(5) 23.04 ft on 10/10/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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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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27 Major and widespread flooding is anticipated. The left bank begins to overflow into the city of Ellsworth.
24 Extensive flooding of low-lying areas and roads around the area will be impacted including Highway 14. The bridge on Highway 14 becomes flooded along with some homes around the area.
23 The road 100 feet south of the Highway 14 Bridge will become inundated with about 1 ft depth of water.
21 About 100 feet south of the Highway 14 Bridge the road becomes flooded.
20 Some flooding of low-lying areas, bottom land and roads near the gage site can be expected. The Highway 14 Bridge is closed to southbound traffic at the gage site.
18 Overflows occur on the right bank near the gage site on Highway 14 in the southwest side of town. The bridge at the gage site is closed to southbound traffic.
17 Minor rural overflows begin at this level.
(1) Looking upstream, stage 1.38 ft
(2) Looking downstream, stage 1.38 ft
(3) View of wireweight gage and DCP gage house in background

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