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Little River in Huntington just misses hitting record levels late last week
Cindy Klepper - Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:42 AM
The Little River in Huntington didn't quite reach record levels last week, but it was close.
The river crested at 19.83 feet on Friday, April 19, at 11:30 p.m., according to statistics from the National Weather Service's Northern Indiana office.
The Little River reached its highest point on record - 20 feet - on Jan. 4, 1950. The 19.83-foot crest reached last week is the fourth highest on record.
Flood stage on the Little River is 15 feet.
The Little River was at just 5.48 feet on Thursday, April 18, at 1:15 p.m. and began rising from there.
After three days of rain measuring a half-inch or less each day, a total of four inches of rain fell on Huntington between 7 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday, causing the river to swell.
While differing amounts may have fallen around Huntington County over that 24-hour period, the four-inch measurement taken at the city water plant on Engle Street stands as the official National Weather Service measurement for Huntington.
The Salamonie River at Warren also saw a dramatic increase, but didn't come near record levels.
The Salamonie started rising on Tuesday evening, April 16, going from 7.35 feet to a high of 14.55 feet on Friday, April 19, at 2 p.m., according to NWS measurements.
Flood stage for the Salamonie River at Warren is 12 feet; the record crest is 17 feet.
Both rivers were receding by midday on Monday, April 22, with the Little River at 12.47 feet and the Salamonie at 7.61 feet.