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Floods in Kansas have caused millions of dollars in damage and loss of life. Nationwide, floods are responsible for more property damage and loss of life than any other natural hazard. The USGS monitors flood conditions at more than 180 streamgages across Kansas. Water level and flow information are used by the National Weather Service (NWS) to make accurate flood forecasts. Included in this topic are tables and maps that summarize flood conditions using real-time data from the streamgages, NWS flood forecast information, and publications that describe historic floods in Kansas.

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TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN®

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, Turn Around Don't Drown. You will not know the depth of the water nor will you know the condition of the road under the water.

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  • Follow these safety rules:
    • Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
    • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
    • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown
    • Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
    • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
    • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers 

      Estimated peak-streamflow frequencies for selected gaging stations with at least 10 years of annual peak-discharge data for unregulated, rural streams in Kansas

      Recurrence intervals were provided from Methods for estimating annual exceedance-probability streamflows for streams in Kansas based on data through water year 2015

      [mi², square miles; ft³/s, cubic feet per second]                                                                                                                     Streamflow for recurrence intervals* (ft³/s)

        Station NumberStation nameDrainage area (mi^2)2-year5-year10-year25-year50-year100-year200-year
        06813700Tennessee Creek tributary near Seneca0.92014977941300179023903090
        06814000Turkey Creek near Seneca2765820125001840027700360004530055900
        06815700Buttermilk Creek near Willis3.741520276037505160632075808930
        06818200Doniphan Creek at Doniphan4.15108024803820603080701050013300
        06818260White Clay Creek at Atchison13.11100218031204610595074909260
        06844700South Fork Sappa Creek near Brewster745238299626004670774012100
        06844800South Fork Sappa Creek tributary near Goodland4.9854389102026904900826013100
        06844900South Fork Sappa Creek near Achilles4463421210229044306730973013600
        06845000Sappa Creek near Oberlin1060827257045708320122001700023100
        06845100Long Branch Draw near Norcatur31.729469310701680223028703600
        06846000Beaver Creek at Ludell1460440111017802920400053006840
        06846200Beaver Creek tributary near Ludell10.22986659741430180021902610
        06846500Beaver Creek at Cedar Bluffs1620413106017302960419057407680
        06847600Prairie Dog Creek tributary at Colby7.532155688981410186023502880
        06847900Prairie Dog Creek above Keith Sebelius Lake5905991680282048206760910011900
        06848000Prairie Dog Creek at Norton684276071801190020400290003980053200
        06848200Prairie Dog Creek tributar near Norton1.0218536650770185410101180
        06848500Prairie Dog Creek near Woodruff101023005020761011900160002080026600
        06853800White Rock Creek near Burr Oak227152030404430668087601120014100
        06854000White Rock Creek at Lovewell3452790491067109480119001480018000
        06855800Buffalo Creek near Jamestown33016703890614010100140001890025000
        06855900Wolf Creek near Concordia56910177024903570449055206640
        06856100West Creek near Talmo4267618703250592087801260017600
        06856320Elk Creek at Clyde73546135021703640510069109150
        06856800Moll Creek near Green3.637180911901750223027503320
        06858500North Fork Smoky Hill River near McAllaster6703271930458011000189003010045700
        06858700North Fork Smoky Hill River tributary near Winona1.133426118101080129015001730
        06859500Ladder Creek below Chalk Creek near Scott City14606462590527011100179002750040400
        06860000Smoky Hill River at Elkader3560151064001300026900422006250088700
        06860300South Brance Hackberry Creek near Orion49.6397119020503590511069709210
        06860500Hackberry Creek near Gove4265082340510011500193003060046500
        06861000Smoky Hill River near Arnold5220223076601440027800423006140086100
        06863300Big Creek near Ogallah29713404430809015100225003190043800
        06863400Big Creek tributary near Ogallah4.8121170713102510379054707630
        06863500Big Creek near Hays5941280321050507990106001360017000
        06863700Big Creek tributary near Hays6.1963209382717107015302100
        06863900North Fork Big Creek near Victoria542971750424010500186003080048300
        06864000Smoky Hill River near Russell69707810160002290033100418005140061800
        06864300Smoky Hill River tributary at Dorrance5.3924563110101660225029603780
        06864500Smoky Hill River at Ellsworth75806920167002600041200550007110089500
        06864700Spring Creek near Kanopolis9.84461117018703000404052506630
        06866000Smoky Hill River at Lindsborg81105910110001550022400286003580044100
        06866500Smoky Hill River near Mentor83605080104001550024100324004260055000
        06866800Saline River tributary at Collyer3.1316156510501980293041305620
        06866900Saline River near Wakeeney696272082001420025100359004910065000
        06867000Saline River near Russell1500227066301150020500297004140055900
        06867500Paradise Creek near Paradise2129473160578010800159002240030500
        06867800Cedar Creek tributary near Bunker Hill0.99130223292387462541623
        06868000Saline River near Wilson19004940109001630024800323004080050500
        06868300Coon Creek tributary near Luray6.53357107018303170447060407890
        06868400Wolf Creek near Lucas1631570366056008730116001480018500
        06868700North Branch Spillman Creek near Ash Grove26.1342110019603600526073609950
        06868900Bullfoot Creek tributary near Lincoln2.641042393625557279221140
        06869500Saline River at Tescott2820311069401050016300217002790035200
        06869950Mulberry Creek near Salina2502310453063809100114001390016700
        06870300Gypsum Creek near Gypsum1202290431059608400105001270015200
        06871000North Fork Solomon River at Glade84915804790832014700210002880038200
        06871500Bow Creek near Stockton341926296053209790144002020027500
        06871800North Fork Solomon River at Kirwin13703950101001670028500404005530073900
        06871900Deer Creek near Phillipsburg651210343057609790136001830023700
        06872100Middle Cedar Creek at Kensington58.9577135021003390461061007890
        06872300Middle Beaver Creek near Smith Center71765139018802590317037904460
        06872600Oak Creek at Bellaire4.7591273481875129018102470
        06873000South Fork Solomon River above Webster Reservoir1040280083301460026300383005360072700
        06873300Ash Creek tributary near Stockton0.8937150304637102015402240
        06873500South Fork Solomon River at Alton1720360012300234004630072000107000154000
        06873700Kill Creek near Bloomington52182115028907480136002310037000
        06873800Kill Creek tributary near Bloomington1.452085859701630224029603790
        06874000South Fork Solomon River at Osborne2010313070701090017400237003130040400
        06874500East Limestone Creek near Ionia25.6608132019402880368045805550
        06875800Limestone Creek near Glen Elder2101060191026003590443053406340
        06876000Solomon River at Beloit55308000161002370036200478006180078500
        06876200Middle Pipe Creek near Miltonvale10.2532127020003220438057607400
        06876700Salt Creek near Ada38414304030680011700166002250029600
        06876900Solomon River at Niles67706510126001810027100354004520056800
        06877120Mud Creek at Abilene872570467063308710107001280015000
        06877200WestTurkey Creek near Elmo26.61200222030004080494058506790
        06877400Turkey Creek tributary near Elmo2.4829284014302460347047006160
        06877500Turkey Creek near Abilene14329606550987015300202002590032500
        06878000Chapman Creek near Chapman300363071301030015300200002540031800
        06878500Lyon Creek near Woodbine23064101800030300522007360099800131000
        06879200Clark Creek near Junction City200432089701310019400250003130038400
        06879650Kings Creek near Manhattan4.09428193042109590163002610040000
        06879700Wildcat Creek at Riley14936202029804450574071908810
        06879815Wildcat Creek at Manhattan74247043805880803098001170013800
        06882510Big Blue River at Marysville478019100328004290056700675007880090500
        06884025Little Blue River at Hollenberg275011200210002930042100534006630081000
        06884100Mulberry Creek tributary near Haddam1.641664146691120156021102790
        06884200Mill Creek at Washington344483081601060013900165001920022000
        06884300Mill Creek tributary near Washington3.2524109016002400312039404880
        06884400Little Blue River near Barnes332013100212002720035400419004870055900
        06884500Little Blue River at Waterville3510116002400035400537007060090300113000
        06884900Robidoux Creek at Beattie401850393057808700113001430017600
        06885500Black Vermillion River near Frankfort4107030157002410038000512006690085700
        06886000Big Blue River at Randolph91002360040700545007470091900111000132000
        06886500Fancy Creek at Winkler1745690106001460020500254003070036500
        06887200Cedar Creek near Manhattan13.41530356054708560114001460018400
        06887600Kansas River tributary near Wamego0.83217457663972124015301850
        06888000Vermillion Creek near Wamego2436190126001790025800324003970047500
        06888030Vermillion Creek near Louisville297661096501180014600168001910021500
        06888300Rock Creek near Louisville1285880101001340018100219002610030600
        06888500Mill Creek near Paxico31611600230003240046300580007080084600
        06888600Dry Creek near Maple Hill15.616703080428061107730956011600
        06888900Blacksmith Creek tributary near Valencia1.313857249991400173020902490
        06889100Soldier Creek near Goff2.0640288013402120287037704860
        06889120Soldier Creek near Bancroft10.51220220030304280538066408060
        06889140Soldier Creek near Soldier16.9185033604640658082701020012400
        06889160Soldier Creek near Circleville49.340306850914012500154001870022300
        06889180Soldier Creek near St. Clere8044407220925012000142001640018800
        06889200Soldier Creek near Delia157451076501020013900171002060024600
        06889500Soldier Creek near Topeka2905970117001640023300290003520041900
        06889600South Branch Shunganunga Creek near Pauline3.84758145020402950374046405660
        06889630Shunganunga Creek at Topeka33.52150291033903970439047905180
        06890100Delaware River near Muscotah43112500187002300028600329003740041900
        06890300Spring Creek near Wetmore211600368057509360129001720022500
        06890500Delaware River at Valley Falls922140002750039000564007160088600108000
        06890560Rock Creek 6 miles north of Meriden1.8941385312301800230028403440
        06890600Rock Creek near Meriden222090322040405170606070108010
        06890700Slough Creek tributary near Oskaloosa0.831734868171400196026503470
        06890800Slough Creek near Oskaloosa313670551068508670101001170013300
        06891050Stone House Creek at Williamstown12.91720372054708160105001310016000
        06891500Wakarusa River near Lawrence4256130120001680023800296003600043000
        06892000Stranger Creek near Tonganoxie4066170113001550021700270003290039500
        06893080Blue River near Stanley46482086101170016400205002500030100
        06893300Indian Creek at Overland Park26.64060621077709890116001330015200
        06893350Tomahawk Creek near Overland Park23.92630489067609520119001450017300
        06910800Marais des Cygnes River near Reading1777860182002810044200591007650096800
        06911000Marais des Cygnes River at Melvern3517050173002730043800590007690097600
        06911500Salt Creek near Lyndon111427091701340019800252003120037700
        06911900Dragoon Creek near Burlingame114478087801200016600205002470029300
        06912300Dragoon Creek tributary near Lyndon3.761220294046107430101001320016900
        06912500Hundred and Ten Mile Creek near Quenemo3227990141001920026800335004110049600
        06913000Marais des Cygnes River near Pomona104093102120032800527007180095000123000
        06913500Marais des Cygnes River near Ottawa12501120025200389006250085200113000147000
        06913600Rock Creek near Ottawa10.2597130019603060409053106760
        06913700Middle Creek near Princeton523300531068408970107001260014600
        06914000Pottawatomie Creek near Garnett33411300201002710037200457005490065000
        06914250South Fork Pottawatomie Creek tributary near Garnett0.35183310405535639747861
        06914500Pottawatomie Creek at Lane513134002550036000521006650082800101000
        06915000Big Bull Creek near Hillsdale1476880143002110032500430005560070600
        06915100Big Bull Creek at Paola230565091801200015900193002300027000
        06916000Marais des Cygnes River at Trading Post288019900396005740085900112000142000178000
        06916500Big Sugar Creek at Farlinville1986490131001920029000381004880061400
        06916700Middle Creek near Kincaid2.02677134018602610321038604530
        06917000Little Osage River at Fulton2958560148001990027500340004140049600
        06917100Marmaton River tributary near Bronson0.88204349455597707820935
        06917380Marmaton River near Marmaton29216600279003690050000611007320086600
        06917400MArmaton River tributary near Fort Scott2.8923143017702190250028003100
        06917500Marmaton River near Fort Scott40811800229003210045600569006930082700
        07138600White Woman Creek tributary near Selkirk38611692784596268181040
        07138650White Woman Creek near Leoti750232140033107870134002110031600
        07138800Lion Creek tributary near Modoc792182250340408476544
        07139700Arkansas River tributary near Dodge City8.662294877021020127015501840
        07139800Mulberry Creek near Dodge City73.824967510901770238030803860
        07140300Whitewoman Creek near Bellefont1417971314202870447065909320
        07140600Pawnee River tributary near Kalvesta6.8925574512602130295039105020
        07140700Guzzlers Gulch near Ness City58.2425126021303650508067808760
        07140850Pawnee River near Burdett10904691430246043006070821010700
        07141200Pawnee River near Larned21502250453065309620123001540018900
        07141400South Fork Walnut Creek tributary near Dighton0.8156107145194231267303
        07141600Long Branch Creek near Ness City287543310002310384059508740
        07141780Walnut Creek near Rush Center126010002390370057907670983012300
        07141800Otter Creek near Rush Center1739495514702280299037904670
        07141900Walnut Creek at Albert141013102850420062508010997012100
        07142100Rattlesnake Creek tributary near Mullinville10.3416109017302750365046705800
        07142300Rattlesnake Creek near Macksville78440013402490477072301050014600
        07142500Spring Creek near Dillwyn14.33051170226044006650953013100
        07142575Rattlesnake Creek near Zenith105050115802950585091901390020400
        07142700Salt Creek near Partridge851150216029504070498059506970
        07142860Cow Creek near Claflin435561580268046106480876011500
        07142900Blood Creek near Boyd619552320357055407270922011400
        07143100Little Cheyenne Creek tributary near Claflin1.48105175227297353411472
        07143200Plum Creek near Holyrood19657123016902370295035804260
        07143300Cow Creek near Lyons72819404690742012000164002170028000
        07143500Little Arkansas River near Geneseo25927136016301970221024402670
        07143600Little Arkansas River near Little River711200236033604900624077609470
        07143665Little Arkansas River at Alta Mills7365000122001920030800415005410068700
        07144000East Emma Creek near Halstead58340089901460024200332004380056300
        07144200Little Arkansas River at Valley Center13306290139002040030100383004720056800
        07144780North Fork Ninnescah River above Cheney Reservoir78739901230021900404005990085200117000
        07144800North Fork Ninnescah River near Cheney9304050106001710028200385005060064700
        07144850South Fork South Fork Ninnescah River near Pratt21712150021903240415051606280
        07144900South Fork Ninnescah River tributary near Pratt1.483736809151240150017602040
        07145200South Fork Ninnescah River near Murdock6505850126001830026700338004150049900
        07145300Clear Creek near Garden Plain5.03612106013801800212024302750
        07145500Ninnescah River near Peck213011700203002700036600444005300062200
        07145700Slate Creek at Wellington154362076501100015800198002410028600
        07145800Antelope Creek tributary near Dalton0.41135244327441532627726
        07146570Cole Creek near Degraff3019504420670010400137001750021900
        07146700West Branch Walnut River tributary near Degraff111310244033504640571068508080
        07147020Whitewater River tributary near Towanda0.1784173246352440535636
        07147070Whitewater River at Towanda4267490173002620040500533006790084300
        07147200Dry Creek tributary near Augusta0.9225373478619728839952
        07147800Walnut River at Winfield18801990039100550007860098400120000144000
        07147990Cedar Creek tributary near Cambridge2.415751660274045306150800010100
        07148100Grouse Creek near Dexter1708250170002450035800455005610067800
        07148700Dog Creek near Deerhead5.3127193817103110449061708160
        07148800Medicine Lodge River tributary near Medicine Lodge2.041355089441740251034304500
        07149000Medicine Lodge River near Kiowa903403074501000013500163001910022000
        07151500Chikaskia River near Corbin7948530187002740040300512006300075700
        07151600Rush Creek near Harper121190229031404310525062207230
        07155590Cimarron River near Elkhart290013304000680011600160002130027200
        07155900North Fork Cimarron River tributary near Elkhart757272220905820107001780027600
        07156000North Fork Cimarron River tributary near Richfield10379124204100693095101250015800
        07156010North Fork Cimarron River at Richfield4638703650732014800228003320046300
        07156100Sand Arroyo Creek near Johnson61914654110001850268036804850
        07156220Bear Creek near Johnson8357243020594011600173002440033000
        07156600Cimarron River tributary near Moscow13468140023103740497063107730
        07156700Cimarron River tributary near Satanta2.412025769311480195024502990
        07157100Crooked Creek near Copeland444881630286049606900912011600
        07157400Crooked Creek tributary at Meade6.5729213002620522079001120015300
        07157500Crooked Creek near Nye11609923600665012200178002440032300
        07157700Kiger Creek near Ashland343686899291250150017502000
        07157900Cavalry Creek at Coldwater39492129020503290441056807110
        07165700Verdigris River near Madison1818120187002840043800576007340091300
        07166000Verdigris River near Coyville747183004340067500108000145000190000242000
        07166200Sandy Creek near Yates Center6.81240199025303220374042704810
        07166500Verdigris River near Altoona11401640032800469006830087000108000131000
        07166700Burnt Creek at Reece8.8516304100657010800148001960025300
        07167000Fall River near Eureka30711700299004810079100108000143000184000
        07167500Otter Creek at Climax1297480180002740041800542006760082200
        07168500Fall River near Fall River585162003170044500633007910096300115000
        07169200Salt Creek near Severy7.592950511067008830105001220013900
        07169500Fall River at Fredonia82718800326004300057400690008110094000
        07169700Snake Creek near Howard1.8449796913601920239028903440
        07169800Elk River at Elk Falls22090002130033300534007220094600121000
        07170000Elk River near Elk City5751260030400470007380097900125000157000
        07170500Verdigris River at Independence2890344006040081000111000135000162000190000
        07170600Cherry Creek near Cherryvale152530458062308640107001290015300
        07170700Big Hill Creek near Cherryvale3735406770951013600172002120025700
        07170800Mud Creek near Mound Valley4.221270218028703840463054606350
        07171700Spring Branch near Cedar Vale3.18162150339053106960875010700
        07171800Cedar Creek tributary near Hooser0.5614733148570588310701270
        07171900Grant Creek near Wauneta203160551072309530113001310015000
        07172000Caney River near Elgin445149003010042200594007310087600103000
        07179500Neosho River at Council Grove2501010023000359005800079600106000139000
        07179600Four Mile Creek near Council Grove555370113001670025400334004260053300
        07180000Cottonwood River near Marion3296460122001680023300288003460040900
        07180300Spring Creek tributary near Florence0.5511629145069490211301370
        07180500Cedar Creek near Cedar Point1105740108001470020100245002890033600
        07181000Cottonwood River at Elmdale10509600160002090027800333003930045700
        07181500Middle Creek near Elmdale926960150002210033100427005350065400
        07182000Cottonwood River at Cottonwood Falls13301030024500390006440089500121000159000
        07182400Neosho River at Strawn2930204004480068300108000145000191000246000
        07182520Rock Creek at Burlington8.2710202370366057607690996012600
        07182600North Big Creek near Burlington4632104850600075008660983011000
        07183000Neosho River near Iola3820237004830070700107000140000180000226000
        07183100Owl Creek near Piqua1776940144002090031200402005050062200
        07183500Neosho River near Parsons491028700508006930097300122000149000181000
        07183800Limestone Creek near Beulah1231406540940013600172002110025300
        07184000Lightning Creek near McCune19772501680026300426005830077600101000
        07184500Labette Creek near Oswego  
        07184600Fly Creek near Faulkner274190110001790029700409005420069900