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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Mad River near Springfield are issued routinely year-round.

Vertical Datum updated from NGVD29 to NAVD88 by gauge owner.

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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - near Dayton
Zoom Level:14
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 15
Moderate Flood Stage: 13
Flood Stage: 8
Action Stage: 6
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 16.90 ft on 03/25/1913
(2) 15.86 ft on 01/21/1959
(3) 14.90 ft on 02/26/1929
(4) 14.43 ft on 03/05/1963
(5) 14.10 ft on 01/25/1937
(6) 13.18 ft on 01/26/1952
(7) 12.49 ft on 04/04/2018
(8) 12.26 ft on 01/06/2005
(9) 12.10 ft on 03/10/1964
(10) 11.91 ft on 01/05/2004
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 9.76 ft on 03/25/2023 (P)
(2) 10.95 ft on 03/04/2023 (P)
(3) 8.11 ft on 06/13/2022 (P)
(4) 10.81 ft on 03/07/2022 (P)
(5) 9.77 ft on 02/22/2022 (P)
(6) 10.26 ft on 02/18/2022 (P)
(7) 9.79 ft on 05/19/2020 (P)
(8) 10.85 ft on 03/20/2020 (P)
(9) 8.33 ft on 06/18/2019
(10) 8.22 ft on 06/16/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.74 ft on 08/26/2012
(2) 0.76 ft on 08/08/2016
(3) 0.77 ft on 10/22/2021
(4) 0.78 ft on 09/21/2021
(5) 0.79 ft on 11/13/2014
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18 Major flooding occurs through Clark County along the river, with flooding affecting many homes close to the river between Lower Valley Pike and Dayton-Springfield Roads.
16 Significant flooding of low-lying residences and businesses in Snyderville and Durbin occurs, as well as other low areas along the river southwest of Springfield. Spangler Road is flooded south of Medway, as well as Osborn, Union and Snider Roads. Flooding also occurs at the Waste Water Treatment Plant near Woodbury Road.
15.6 This crest is comparable to the 1959 flood and is near the FEMA 1 percent flood elevation. About half of the Springfield Waste Water Treatment Plant is flooded, as well as portions of Lower Valley Pike and Old Mill Road.
14 Several homes along the river become inundated, especially in low areas of Snyderville and Durbin. Portions of Lower Valley Pike are flooded, as well as near St. Paris Pike. Levees along Buck and Beaver Creeks help prevent backwater flooding in Springfield itself.
13 Water spills onto low-lying area roads south of Springfield, possibly cutting off access to some areas, particularly near Durbin and Snyderville. Locations along the river upstream in Champaign and Logan Counties also experience flooding in lowland areas. Some evacuations may be necessary in low-lying communities along the river.
11 West 1st Street in Springfield Township floods, including the Forest Lake Fishing and Campround area, with water approaching some businesses along West 1st Street. Spangler Road downstream of Springfield also floods. Flood waters approach several homes to the southwest of Springfield. In addition, the Mad River experiences widespread flooding in Champaign County near the river.
9 In addition to flooding along Lower Valley Pike between Old Mill Road and State Route 369, Spangler Road is flooded, and the I-70 Westbound exit to Medway at route 675 is closed.
8 Flooding occurs along Spangler Road and Lower Valley Pike.

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Potential River Levels - Used to
Potential River Levels
Used to Estimate the Chance of Flooding and the Range of Possible River Levels
10 Day (HEFS) 10 Day (NAEFS) River Forecast VS. River Potential
HEFS Ensemble NAEFS Ensemble Outlook vs. Forecast

Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

See the Product Description Document link for more details on the interpretation of the 10 day graphics.

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