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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Saline River (KS) near Russell are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - near Wakeeney Upstream Gauge
Zoom Level:11
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 23
Moderate Flood Stage: 20
Flood Stage: 18
Action Stage: 16
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 25.73 ft on 07/21/1993
(2) 23.04 ft on 07/02/1993
(3) 22.22 ft on 09/04/2016
(4) 22.11 ft on 05/23/1995
(5) 21.04 ft on 09/04/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 17.12 ft on 05/17/2021
(2) 7.06 ft on 12/29/2019
(3) 17.45 ft on 08/27/2019
(4) 15.29 ft on 10/10/2018
(5) 19.23 ft on 05/31/2018
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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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20.5 Fields are inundated especially on the south side of the river. Land Road, 1/2 mile south of river guage site, will be covered by flood waters less than 1 inch deep. Saline River Road between Canyon Road and 180th Street, 7 miles northwest of the guage site, will have several areas underwater. Low secondary road bridges may be underwater. Water reaches outbuildings that are 1/2 mile upstream.
18 Widespread flooding of lowlands in the vicinity of the gage occurs affecting pasture and cultivated land. The width of the river extends to approximately 400 ft. The areas where Saline River Road, Canyon Road and 180th Street connect, several sections along those roads will begin to flood. It may be possible small bridge crossings in the vicinity may be underwater. Further upstream all the way up to Fairport, expect some county roads along the river to be underwater.
10.6 The right bank begins to overflow and affects pasture and cultivated land near the gage site.
9.7 Expect left bank overflows to begin.
(1) Upstream
(2) Downstream
(3) Looking south at DCP gage house
(4) looking south at wireweight gage and staff gage on pier column
(5) Looking southwest
(6) Looking north on Hwy 281 Bridge

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2142 South Tyler Road
Wichita, KS 67209
(316) 942-3102
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