Waterbodies in Hamburg Township
Connected by the Huron River are the "Chain-of-Lakes" which
pass through the Township and are among the most valuable natural resources
of the community. In combination, the Huron River, the lakes and rolling
hills create picturesque views.
Hamburg Township has over 30 named lakes
and a number of creeks, most of which are tributary to the Huron River
and interconnect with the many lakes. There are several major streams
in the Township that flow from the north down to the Huron River. These
major creeks are Hay Creek, Chilson Creek, South Ore Creek and Horseshoe
Floodplains comprise a large portion
of the immediate banks of the Huron River, with some floodway areas
near the north bend of the River near the Buck Lake Subdivision. Additional
floodway areas are located just south of the Whitewood Lake area. South
Ore Creek, Hall Creek, Oneida Lake, Bass Lake, Zukey Lake and Hay Creek
are some of the water bodies connected to and affected by the River's
Hamburg Township DOES Flood!
Hamburg Township experienced a number
of high water events. The National Weather Service records track
The Huron River is served by a USGS
Gaging Station #04172000 located at the Huron River Bridge
over Hamburg Road near Van Antwerp Road. The location of this
gaging station is Lat 42 degrees 27 minutes 55 seconds, longitude
83 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds, in Section 24 of Hamburg Township.
This area drains 308 square miles. Datum of the gage is 850.00
feet above sea level. Real-time gaging data on water flow rates
and water levels is available for viewing over the Internet from
the USGS website at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=04172000. Gage
Station records have been collected since the early to mid-1950's.
Historical Crests at the Gage
Station on the Huron River as tracked by the National Weather Service/NOAA
Hydrological Prediction Service: (Flood stage is 6.5 feet above the 850.00 feet datum)
- Historical Crests
(1) 8.46 ft on 06/30/1968
(2) 8.35 ft on 05/15/1956
(3) 8.13 ft on 05/27/2004
(4) 7.59 ft on 09/18/2008
(5) 7.44 ft on 01/16/2005
(6) 7.37 ft on 03/09/1974
(7) 7.20 ft on 02/13/2001
(8) 7.02 ft on 03/19/1982
(9) 7.00 ft on 06/16/2004
(10) 6.99 ft on 05/20/2002
Property owners of flood prone properties
need to be vigilant and take appropriate measures for protection or
evacuation against flooding if the need arises.
HAMBURG FLOOD RESPONSE ACTION PLAN (FRAP)
On October 2, 2012, the Hamburg Township Board of Trustees adopted the Hamburg Flood Response Action Plan (FRAP) The FRAP was updated last on January 7, 2014. In it are detailed the actions the Township plans to take for different gage heights of water during high water/flooding events and emergencies.
Click here to view the FRAP.
MARCH 6, 2014: MESSAGE TO FLOOD PLAIN PROPERTY OWNERS: SPRING FLOODING OUTLOOK ISSUED BY NWS/NOAA
The National Weather Service Forecast Office issued its Spring 2014 Hydrologic Outlook on March 6, 2014. There is a near certainty of flooding this spring in the Huron River basin-Hamburg Township area with a better than 50% chance that this flooding will be major. Hamburg Township residents should expect and start preparing for significant flooding this spring.
The Hamburg Township Police Department, along with the Hamburg Township Fire Department and local officials, have been working closely with each other and other outside local, state and federal agencies preparing a response action plan for any flooding. We ask that residents also please make flood preparation plans for your home and family especially identifying and making arrangements for shelter/lodging in the event that you need to evacuate your home.
Information about flood preparedness can be found by clicking on the following links:
* 01/07/2014 - View the Hamburg Flood Response Action Plan (FRAP)