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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Osage River near Schell City 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: 45
Moderate Flood Stage: 35
Flood Stage: 30
Action Stage: 28
Low Stage (in feet): 4.8

Historic Crests
(1) 51.50 ft on 10/05/1986
(2) 48.83 ft on 07/04/2007
(3) 44.53 ft on 05/29/2019
(4) 39.00 ft on 06/13/1995
(5) 38.69 ft on 06/13/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 32.14 ft on 06/05/2022 (P)
(2) 31.32 ft on 05/29/2022 (P)
(3) 33.26 ft on 05/09/2022 (P)
(4) 31.79 ft on 07/20/2021 (P)
(5) 32.70 ft on 06/30/2021 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.10 ft on 11/28/1979
(2) 2.14 ft on 10/30/1979
(3) 3.85 ft on 08/10/2006
(4) 3.89 ft on 11/12/2002
(5) 4.01 ft on 12/15/2012
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57.5 flood waters reach the top of Highway M Bridge at the gage site.
54.5 flood waters reach the bottom of the Highway M Bridge and cover three quarters of the instrument shelter which used to house the gaging equipment.
51.5 record crest on October 5 1986. Flood waters reach the southeast corner of the Post Office Building. Railroad tracks and much of the SE side of Schell City floods. Railroad tracks and much of the SE side of Schell City flood. The Old Service Station floods with two feet of water. Residences on Park Avenue may flood.
50 flood waters affect a few residences in Schell City. Flood waters also affect the railroad tracks east of town and the Old Service Station on the SE side of Schell City.
49.5 flood waters affect residences along Millers Branch and a small tributary in Schell City. Water levels back up and affect the low area of Park Avenue.
47.5 flood waters spill over the levees north of Schell City which begins to backwater Miller Branch. Water is several feet deep over portions of State Highway AA south of Schell City. Low areas on Old River Road, northwest of Schell City, become impassable north of Fifth Avenue. Flood waters reach the bottom I-beam of the Highway M Bridge. State Highway C becomes the only access to Schell City.
46.5 flood waters affect Highway M. Portions of Highway M south of the bridge become impassable.
45 major flooding occurs at the gage site. In addition, the town of Schell City can only be accessed by Highway C from Walker. The remaining highways and county roads on the west and northwest side of Schell City are impassable.
44 flood waters impact county roads on Ladies Branch, west of State Highway M, northwest of Schell City. Water is up to one foot in depth over portions of Highway AA south of Schell City.
43 flood waters impact Highway M, north of the M Highway Bridge and Highway AA south of Schell City. In addition, State Highway RA, heading into the Schell-Osage Conservation Area becomes impassable west of Lost Creek.
35 flooding occurs around the Schell-Osage Conservation area.
33 flood waters impact B Highway 2.5 miles east of Rich Hill in the vicinity of the Bates County Drainage Ditch.
32 flood waters impact all of the low lying areas in the Schell Osage Conservation Area as well as several county roads west of Schell City.
31.5 the main road of the Schell Osage Conservation Area floods west of the conservation office. The north campground main road of the Schell Osage Conservation area floods.
31 flood waters impact low lying areas west of Schell City. County roads west and north of Route M become flooded. The Four River Conservation Area 10 miles west of Schell City floods.
30 flood waters affect the Schell Osage Conservation Area, the Old River Road North of Schell City and Lost Creek west of Schell Lake. Flood waters overflow the main river channel at the gage site.
28 flood waters impact roadways in the Schell Osage Wildlife Refuge area.
(1) Looking south on Hwy M Bridge on May 17 2007. Photo by NWS SGF.

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