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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Sugar Creek (IN) at Crawfordsville are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Montezuma
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 21
Moderate Flood Stage: 17
Flood Stage: 15
Action Stage: 12
Low Flow (in KCFS): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 17.30 ft on 03/27/1913
(2) 15.33 ft on 04/19/2013
(3) 14.40 ft on 06/28/1957
(4) 14.10 ft on 03/24/1927
(5) 14.10 ft on 05/21/1927
(6) 14.02 ft on 05/18/1943
(7) 13.40 ft on 04/21/1964
(8) 13.19 ft on 12/30/1990
(9) 13.12 ft on 01/04/1950
(10) 12.44 ft on 02/24/1985
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 8.08 ft on 09/25/2018
(2) 10.50 ft on 04/04/2018
(3) 5.63 ft on 02/21/2018
(4) 5.99 ft on 11/19/2017
(5) 7.36 ft on 07/12/2017
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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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24.5 Record flooding. Businesses and homes flooded. Numerous roads underwater.
23 Near record flooding is in progress.
21 Major flooding is in progress. Evacuations necessary along SR 234 just east of Shades State Park. Buildings at Crawfordsville Power Plant flood. Business and residence just north of Sugar Creek along U.S. 231 flood.
20 Mobile homes extensively flood in a camping area about 1/2 mile upstream of US Hwy 136 in the Crawfordsville area.
19 Residences and SR 234 in northeast Parke County begin to flood. Extensive flooding north of Sugar Creek near U.S. 231 is in progress. Flooding begins on Crawfordsville Power Plant grounds. Extensive agricultural flooding is in progress. Extensive flooding of low areas of Shades and Turkey Run State Parks.
18.5 A mobile home park at Darlington may flood extensively and a few evacuations may be necessary.
17 Flooding is in progress along Sugar Creek. Montgomery CR 175 E, Rock River Ridge Road and other roads are impassable. Flooding begins north of Sugar Creek along U.S. 231.
15 Montgomery County Road 175 E, Rock River Ridge Road and other county roads begin to flood. Higher campgrounds begin to flood. Agricultural flooding is in progress.
13 Bankfull level is reached. Agricultural flooding begins. Low campgrounds flood. Trails in Shades and Turkey Run State Parks near Sugar Creek begin to flood.
6 Level considered unsafe for canoeing on Sugar Creek.
5 Level that restrictions begin on canoeing on Sugar Creek.
(1) From bridge looking downstream. May 9, 2022 5.3 ft.
(2) View of left bank from bridge looking downstream. May 9, 2022 5.3 ft.
(3) From bridge looking upstream. May 9, 2022 5.3 ft
(4) View of bridge taken from upstream left bank. May 9, 2022 5.3 ft.
(5) View of bridge from downstream. May 9, 2022 5.3 ft.
(6) Panoramic view of bridge from downstream. May 9, 2022 5.3 ft.
(7) Looking northeast at approach to bridge. May 9, 2022.
(8) Looking southwest at approach to bridge from Crawfordsville. May 9, 2022.
(9) Sugar Creek public access parking lot on upstream side of bridge. May 9, 2022.
(10) River gauges on Lafayette Ave. bridge.

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

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The USGS relocated the Crawfordsville gauge from just upstream of the bridge at U.S. Hwy 231 to the bridge at Lafayette Ave following the removal of the low-head dam near the power plant. At higher gauge heights, readings on the gauge at Lafayette Ave bridge are estimated to be about 7 feet higher than the previous location. At lower gauge heights, the relationship is less straightforward. If you have questions please e–mail us at Crests listed from prior to April 2022 are from the prior location and unadjusted.
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