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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Kansas River at Lawrence are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

Vertical datum height surveyed by the USGS

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 29
Moderate Flood Stage: 20
Flood Stage: 18
Action Stage: 15
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 29.90 ft on 07/01/1844
(2) 29.90 ft on 07/13/1951
(3) 28.00 ft on 05/31/1903
(4) 26.80 ft on 07/27/1993
(5) 25.10 ft on 06/23/1951
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 18.17 ft on 08/31/2019
(2) 20.74 ft on 06/24/2019
(3) 18.42 ft on 05/31/2019
(4) 18.57 ft on 05/27/2019
(5) 18.79 ft on 05/22/2019
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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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34 Flood waters reach the top of the levee on north side of the river.
32.3 The city of Lawrence Wastewater Treatment building is flooded.
28 Water enters the first floor of the Lawrence Riverfront Mall.
27.3 The City of Lawrence Wastewater Treatment Plant is shut down.
21.3 Sandbagging of the City of Lawrence Waste Water Treatment Plant is necessary.
18 Lowlands outside of the levee on the north side of the river begin to flood. Burcham Park is closed due to flooding on the south side of the river.
15 Burcham Park on the south side of the river begins to flood.

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