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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Blanchard River at Ottawa are issued routinely year-round.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - near Defiance
Zoom Level:16
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 30
Moderate Flood Stage: 27
Flood Stage: 23
Action Stage: 20
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 33.30 ft on 03/25/1913
(2) 31.40 ft on 08/23/2007
(3) 29.75 ft on 06/15/1981
(4) 29.72 ft on 02/11/1959
(5) 29.29 ft on 02/07/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 23.80 ft on 05/11/2021 (P)
(2) 25.17 ft on 05/20/2020
(3) 25.32 ft on 04/27/2019
(4) 22.23 ft on 02/22/2018
(5) 27.55 ft on 07/15/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -2.37 ft on 01/15/1979
(2) -1.50 ft on 02/19/1980
(3) 4.39 ft on 08/28/2020
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29 Widespread major flooding occurs throughout downtown Ottawa.
27 Flooding worsens on the south side of Ottawa, with water on several roads. Flooding also begins in other areas of Ottawa.
26.6 Flood water begins to hit the bottom of the bridge at the gage site.
25 Flooding begins along south Walnut and west Second Streets on the south side of Ottawa.
23 Lowland flooding occurs mainly in south Ottawa. Flood water also gets into low farmlands.
(1) Upstream view from gauge site
(2) Downstream view from gauge site

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Per USGS record: All periods of record that are estimated are rated poor. All other periods are rated as follows: For the period Oct. 1, 2014 to Feb. 10, 2016, records good. Feb. 11, 2016 to Dec. 22, 2016 discharge records are good. Dec. 23, 2016 to Feb. 14, 2017 discharge records are fair. Feb. 15, 2017 to May 29, 2017 discharge records are good. May 30, 2017 to Nov. 14, 2017 discharge records are fair. Nov. 15, 2017 to Oct. 30, 2018 discharge records are fair, except for discharges between 700 cfs. and 5900 cfs. which are poor. Gauge zero transitioned from 699 NGVD29 to 698.43 NAVD88 on Oct 1, 2009. 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.

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