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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Marmaton River at Fort Scott are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 43
Moderate Flood Stage: 42
Flood Stage: 38
Action Stage: 36
Low Stage (in feet): 6.8

Historic Crests
(1) 52.50 ft on 10/03/1986
(2) 49.80 ft on 09/14/1998
(3) 47.60 ft on 06/11/1916
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 37.90 ft on 05/06/2022
(2) 40.48 ft on 07/16/2021
(3) 38.65 ft on 03/18/2021
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.00 ft on 08/01/1955
(2) 6.60 ft on 08/04/2022
(3) 6.68 ft on 07/29/2014
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52.45 this is the record stage level reached on October 3, 1986.
50.5 flood waters reach the ground floor of the Burlington Northern Railroad Office on Wall Street.
50 flood waters begin to spill over the Railroad crossing along Highway 54, or Wall Street, east of Key Industries.
49 flood waters reach the Fire Station on West Highway 54.
48.5 flood waters begin to impact Hills Service Center south of the National Avenue Bridge at the gage site.
48 flood waters begin to impact the ground floor of the former Red Barn Restaurant, and the Red Ram Motel along West Highway 54. In addition, flood waters begin to impact the Fort Scott RV Park, north of West Highway 54.
47 flood waters begin to spill over the bridge deck at the Marmaton River, along North National Avenue.
46.6 flood waters reach the bottom of the National Avenue Bridge at the gage site.
45.5 flood waters begin to affect low areas at the KOA Campground, north of West Highway 54, and Key Industries on Wall Street.
45 flood waters may reach the ground floor of businesses on West Highway 54 and North National Avenue. In addition, West Highway 54 will close due to flood waters.
44.5 flood waters reach the parking lot along Highway 54 West and North National Avenue. Flood waters will also cut off access to the community of Walnut Hill, which is south of Highway 54, and west of National Avenue. In addition, flood waters rise to a depth of six inches at the junction of Highway 54 and Wall Street, east of downtown Fort Scott.
44 flood waters cause Wall Street at 3rd and Clark to close, which cuts off fire protection on the east side of Fort Scott, Kansas. In addition, Buck Run Creek that flows along Highway 69, floods portions of Clark and Wall Street due to backwater of the Marmaton River.
43 major flood stage. Flood waters impact all Belltown businesses to the ground floor, except Smith & Chambers, but all roads are not accessible to this area.
42 all roads leading into the Belltown area, north of the Marmaton River are impacted by flood waters, and no access is available.
41.5 minor flooding begins in the Belltown area, north of the Marmaton River and west of National Avenue.
40.5 flood waters begin to impact low areas on Happy Hollow Road, Maple Road and 2nd Street north and west of downtown Fort Scott.
38 minor flooding begins along Mill Creek north of town due to backwater effects of the Marmaton River. Flood waters also spill across the field by the Red Barn Restaurant, on the north side of town, at the new Highway 69 Bridge.
34 flood waters begin to impact the county road, or low water crossing on Mill Creek, between Maple Road and Highway 54, on 205th street, northwest of town. This occurs based on backwater affects on the Marmaton River.
(1) New River Gage Site On Highway 69 Bridge. Photo by NWS SGF.
(2) Picture of Downstream Conditions at Ft. Scott on May 8 2007. All photos of May and July 2007 floodin
(3) Picture of Upstream Conditions at Ft. Scott on May 8 2007
(4) Picture of Red Barn and Field on May 8 2007
(5) Mill Creek at 205th Street Bridge on May 8 2007
(6) Old Bridge on North National at Gage Site July 2007
(7) Fire Department on Highway 54 July 2007
(8) Red Barn July 2007
(9) Highway 54, east of Highway 69 Bridge July 2007
(10) Phillips 66 Station July 2007

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