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      Fox River at Waukesha, WI (WKEW3)


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      Inundation Levels
      NAVD88 Stage

      804.812.0
      803.811.0

      Major Flooding Begins

      802.810.0
      801.89.0
      Record Crest: 8.85 ft

      Moderate Flooding Begins

      800.88.0
      799.87.0

      Minor Flooding Begins

      798.86.0

      Near Flooding Begins

      797.85.0

      Below Flooding Begins

      * = Extended rating
      Weather Forecast Office Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI North Central River Forecast Center
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      Current Stage:
      3.5 ft at 12/11/2019 05:00:00 UTC
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      Flood Categories (in feet)
      Major Flood Stage: 10
      Moderate Flood Stage: 8
      Flood Stage: 6
      Action Stage: 5
      Low Stage (in feet): -9999

      Historic Crests
      (1) 8.85 ft on 06/09/2008
      (2) 8.00 ft on 04/01/1960
      (3) 7.67 ft on 07/25/2010
      (4) 7.42 ft on 04/22/1973
      (5) 7.34 ft on 07/02/2000
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      (P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

      Recent Crests
      (1) 6.37 ft on 10/04/2019 (P)
      (2) 6.21 ft on 09/13/2019 (P)
      (3) 6.40 ft on 03/15/2019 (P)
      (4) 6.69 ft on 09/05/2018 (P)
      (5) 6.03 ft on 02/20/2018
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      (P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

      Low Water Records
      (1) 1.10 ft on 06/03/1994
      (2) 2.56 ft on 09/05/2005
      (3) 2.59 ft on 10/07/2012
      (4) 2.63 ft on 07/11/2012
      (5) 2.67 ft on 09/12/2003
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      Graphical representation of flood inundation for NWS flood categories are based on steady state hydraulic modeling of water surface elevations for incremented discharges. Map shows approximate inundation areas for given water surface elevations and should not be used for navigation or permitting or other legal purposes, but strictly as a planning reference tool.

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      9.84 Frame Park is flooded. There is widespread flooding around homes in the Bethesda Court area about one half mile south of downtown Waukesha. This level is the 0.2 percent flood meaning there is a 0.2 chance of the river reaching this level in any given year.
      8.65 Frame Park is flooded. Floodwaters are around some homes in the Bethesda Court area about one half mile south of downtown Waukesha. This level is the 1 percent chance flood meaning that there is a 1 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level.
      8.25 Frame Park is flooded. There is flooding around homes in the bethesda court area about one half mile south of downtown Waukesha. This level is the 2 percent chance flood meaning that there is a 2 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level.
      8.04 Water is into Frame Park and floodwaters are at least 3 feet deep on land near the shoreline. About one half mile south of downtown Waukesha, water is 3-4 feet deep and covering much of the backyards of some homes in the Bethesda Court area. This level is the 4 percent chance flood meaning that there is a 4 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level.
      7.26 Water is over the banks of Frame Park and floodwaters are at least 2 feet deep on land near the shoreline. About one half mile south of downtown Waukesha, water is 2 to 3 feet deep and covering much of the back yards of 6 or 7 homes in the Bethesda Court area of Waukesha. This level is the 10 percent chance flood meaning that there is a 10 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level.
      7.1 Water is over the banks in Frame Park and floodwaters are at least 2 feet deep on land near the shoreline. About one half mile south of downtown Waukesha, water is 2 to 3 feet deep and covering much of the back yards of 6 or 7 homes in the Bethesda Court area of Waukesha.
      6.76 Floodwaters are over the banks in Frame Park and floodwaters are about 2 feet deep on land near the shoreline. About one half mile south of downtown Waukesha, water is 2-3 feet deep and covering much of the back yards of 6 or 7 homes in the Bethesda Court area of waukesha. This level is the 20 percent chance flood meaning that there is a 20 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level.
      6 Water spreads into parks and lowland areas in the city of Waukesha. At this level, there are no known flooding effects to homes or streets.
      5.95 There is minor lowland flooding in the Waukesha area. This level is about the 50 percent flood meaning there is a 50 percent chance in any given year of the river reaching this level.
      5 There is minor lowland flooding in the Waukesha area.
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      (1) Aerial photo 1 of Fox River-Waukesha, WI
      (2) Aerial photo 2 of Fox River-Waukesha, WI
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      Graphical representation of flood inundation for NWS flood categories are based on steady state hydraulic modeling of water surface elevations for incremented discharges. Map shows approximate inundation areas for given water surface elevations and should not be used for navigation or permitting or other legal purposes, but strictly as a planning reference tool.
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