Southern Wisconsin River Flooding: Some historic events(updated 4-18)

Updated April 18, 2008

For the latest updates on the current moderate river flooding, go to our Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service page at:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=mkx

In April, several area rivers hit rather high levels if you look at the history of these river gauge sites.   Below is a summary of the river crests and how they stack up to other high water events in the past.

Fox River at Berlin (records since October 1954)

(1) 16.22 ft on 06/18/2004
(2) 15.60 ft on 04/15/1973
(3) 14.96 ft on 03/26/1986
(4) 14.64 ft on 07/12/1993
(5) 13.81 ft on 04/16/2008

Rock River

at Waupun (records since October 1948)

(1) 7.97 ft on 04/03/1959
(2) 7.53 ft on 08/16/1993
(3) 7.18 ft on 07/21/1999
(4) 7.17 ft on 05/24/2004
(5) 6.74 ft on 05/31/2004
(6) 6.49 ft on 06/19/1996
(7) 5.56 ft on 04/11/2008

at Watertown (records since June 1931)

(1) 6.96 ft on 01/17/1997
(2) 6.32 ft on 04/04/1959
(3) 6.19 ft on 03/31/1979
(4) 6.03 ft on 04/20/1993
(5) 5.95 ft on 02/20/1994
(6) 5.89 ft on 04/11/2008

at Jefferson (records since April 1978)

(1) 12.84 ft on 04/02/1979
(2) 12.29 ft on 04/22/1993
(3) 11.51 ft on 06/02/2004
(4) 11.35 ft on 04/13/2008 - moderate stage 11.0 feet

at Fort Atkinson (records since October 1998)

(1) 7.33 ft on 04/16/2008- moderate stage 7.0 feet
(2) 7.29 ft on 06/05/2004

at Newville (records since July 1987)

(1) 12.23 ft on 04/25/1993
(2) 11.65 ft on 04/16/2008 - Major stage 11.5 feet

at IndianFord (records since May 1975)

(1) 16.23 ft on 04/05/1979
(2) 15.85 ft on 04/25/1993
(3) 15.35 ft on 04/17/2008

at Afton (records since 1898)

(1) 13.05 ft on 02/05/1916
(2) 12.21 ft on 01/23/2008
(3) 11.86 ft on 04/05/1979
(4) 11.81 ft on 03/23/1929
(5) 11.77 ft on 04/10/1959
(6) 11.50 ft on 03/25/1918
(7) 11.41 ft on 04/23/1993
(8) 11.25 ft on 04/01/1975
(9) 11.05 ft on 04/18/2008 - moderate stage 11.1 feet

Crawfish River at Milford (records since June 1931)

(1) 11.15 ft on 04/06/1959
(2) 9.36 ft on 04/23/1993
(3) 8.57 ft on 06/02/2004
(4) 8.38 ft on 06/07/2000
(5) 8.27 ft on 06/22/1996
(6) 7.95 ft on 04/14/2008

Beaverdam River at Beaver Dam (records since March 1985)

(1) 843.10 ft on 06/14/2004
(2) 842.84 ft on 08/22/2007
(3) 842.29 ft on 04/18/2008

Bark River at Rome (records since November 1979)

(1) 2.67 ft on 04/11/2008
(2) 2.56 ft on 04/20/1993

Mukwonago River at Mukwonago (records since July 1973)

(1) 3.65 ft on 09/26/2005
(2) 3.57 ft on 05/23/2004
(3) 3.55 ft on 09/29/1986
(4) 3.54 ft on 04/10/2008

Oak Creek at South Milwaukee (records since October 1963)

(1) 9.88 ft on 08/06/1986
(2) 9.71 ft on 06/21/1997
(3) 8.89 ft on 04/19/1993
(4) 8.78 ft on 02/20/1994
(5) 8.70 ft on 08/18/1990
(6) 8.15 ft on 04/11/2008

Turtle Creek at Clinton (records since September 1939)

(1) 10.38 ft on 06/30/1993
(2) 10.27 ft on 02/20/1994
(3) 9.63 ft on 08/20/2007
(4) 9.56 ft on 02/21/1997
(5) 7.24 ft on 04/11/2008

Yahara River at Fulton (records since July 1977)

(1) 11.16 ft on 07/18/1996
(2) 10.02 ft on 05/23/2004
(3) 9.68 ft on 08/20/2007
(4) 9.62 ft on 05/17/1999
(5) 8.81 ft on 02/21/1997
(6) 8.36 ft on 09/01/1981
(7) 7.66 ft on 04/11/2008

Root River at Franklin (records since October 1963)

(1) 9.57 ft on 03/30/1960
(2) 8.94 ft on 06/22/1997
(3) 8.90 ft on 04/20/1993
(4) 8.83 ft on 06/18/1996
(5) 8.79 ft on 02/20/1994
(6) 8.60 ft on 05/23/2004
(7) 8.40 ft on 04/11/2008

Root River Canal near Raymond (records since September 1963)

(1) 11.66 ft on 08/21/2007
(2) 11.26 ft on 05/23/2004
(3) 10.36 ft on 04/20/1993
(4) 10.29 ft on 04/24/1999
(5) 10.23 ft on 04/11/2008

Root River at Racine (records since October 1963)

(1) 8.54 ft on 03/05/1974
(2) 7.50 ft on 04/04/1983
(3) 7.02 ft on 04/21/1993
(4) 7.01 ft on 05/24/2004
(5) 6.59 ft on 05/02/1990
(6) 6.51 ft on 04/11/2008

Fox River

at Waukesha (records since January 1963)

(1) 7.42 ft on 04/22/1973
(2) 6.97 ft on 05/24/2004
(3) 6.96 ft on 08/08/1998
(4) 6.92 ft on 04/21/1993
(5) 6.74 ft on 06/23/1997
(6) 6.53 ft on 07/27/2006
(7) 6.32 ft on 04/12/2008

at Burlington (records since October 2001)

(1) 12.50 ft on 08/21/2007
(2) 11.65 ft on 05/24/2004
(3) 11.44 ft on 04/11/2008

at New Munster (records since August 1993)

(1) 14.98 ft on 08/24/2007
(2) 14.10 ft on 02/21/1994
(3) 13.73 ft on 05/25/2004
(4) 13.14 ft on 04/13/2008 - moderate stage 13.0 feet

Jeff Craven,  Science and Operations Officer

Brian Hahn, Senior Service Hydrologist

NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan WI

w-mkx.webmaster@noaa.gov



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