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HURON RIVER, LAKES & FLOODPLAINS
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NO WAKE REQUEST

FOR HURON RIVER AND CHAIN OF LAKES

IN HAMBURG TOWNSHIP FOR

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

Press Release

05/22/2020, Friday

12:00 Noon

FROM:  Pat Hohl, Township Supervisor

 

Hamburg Township wishes all our residents and visitors a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

Hamburg Township is currently experiencing flooding. These flood waters are threatening the property of many of our waterfront residences. We ask that all boaters observe a no wake mode of operation through the Memorial Day weekend. Please be considerate of others and understand that your wake can seriously damage the homes and properties of our waterfront residents.

Thank you all for your help in observing no wake operations at this time.

For updated water levels and information, visit the USGS Flood Inundation Mapper webpage at this link:  https://fim.wim.usgs.gov/fim/?site_no=04172000

 

 
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Hamburg DOES Flood

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 Creek.

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 flows.

Hamburg Township Is In the NFIP

Hamburg Township joined the National Flood Insurance Program in 1986. It is now a Class 8 Community in the Community Rating System (CRS) Program. Both programs are administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The CRS was implemented to recognize and encourage community floodplain management activities that exceed minimum NFIP standards with the minimum requirements of the NFIP, and maintain FEMA elevation certificates for all new and substantially improved construction in the floodplain after the date of application for CRS classification.

The CRS provides a credit system that correlates to flood insurance premium reductions for participating Hamburg Township residents. Through the CRS program, Hamburg Township and its residents may receive federal assistance during natural flooding disasters and discounts on flood insurance premiums.

For additional information about the NFIP follow this link to the FEMA website: https://www.floodsmart.gov/ 


Hamburg Township experienced a number of high water events.  The National Weather Service records track recent events. 

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 - Top 10
  • (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


Updated 05/22/2020
Huron River, Lakes & Floodplains - Water & Weather