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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 Power Dam
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) 27.55 ft on 07/15/2017
(2) 23.27 ft on 12/30/2015
(3) 25.82 ft on 06/29/2015
(4) 25.88 ft on 06/17/2015
(5) 28.85 ft on 12/23/2013
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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) 4.63 ft on 06/29/2012
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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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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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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) 7 Day (NAEFS) 7 Day (GEFS)
HEFS Ensemble NAEFS Ensemble GEFS Ensemble

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

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