Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 18, 2013

Wildcat expected to reach flood stage


From staff reports

— The National Weather Service continued a flood warning for the Wildcat Creek Wednesday, with forecasters predicting the Wildcat will hit flood stage by Friday afternoon.

The prediction right now is for minor flooding. Forecasters think that with one to two inches of rain expected today, the Wildcat should just creep into the flood stage category.

Flood stage, as measured where the Wildcat and Kokomo creeks come together, is 10 feet, and the Wildcat is expected to crest around 10.3 feet, not enough to do much more than flood UCT Park and some other floodplain areas.

On April 11, the Wildcat crested even higher, at 10.8 feet. City officials say flooding typically doesn’t affect property in Kokomo until the Wildcat stream height reaches more than 12.5 feet.

The highest-ever recorded stream height in Kokomo was 17.75 feet on July 5, 2003.

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