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Susquehanna River at Harrisburg Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 3.87 ft at 5:30PM Dec 15, 2017Highest Observation: 3.87 ft at 6:00PM Dec 15, 2017Highest Observation: 3.87 ft at 6:30PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.86 ft at 7:00PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.86 ft at 7:30PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.86 ft at 8:00PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.86 ft at 8:30PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.86 ft at 9:00PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.86 ft at 9:30PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.86 ft at 10:00PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.85 ft at 10:30PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.85 ft at 11:00PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.85 ft at 11:30PM Dec 15, 2017Observed: 3.84 ft at 12:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.84 ft at 12:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.84 ft at 1:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.84 ft at 1:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.84 ft at 2:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.83 ft at 2:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.82 ft at 3:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.82 ft at 3:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.81 ft at 4:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.82 ft at 4:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.82 ft at 5:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.81 ft at 5:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.81 ft at 6:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.81 ft at 6:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.8 ft at 7:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.79 ft at 7:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.79 ft at 8:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.78 ft at 8:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.78 ft at 9:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.78 ft at 9:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.78 ft at 9:31AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.78 ft at 10:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.78 ft at 10:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.78 ft at 11:00AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.79 ft at 11:30AM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.79 ft at 12:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.79 ft at 12:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.79 ft at 1:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.79 ft at 1:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.79 ft at 2:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.8 ft at 2:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.8 ft at 3:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.81 ft at 3:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.82 ft at 4:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.82 ft at 4:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.83 ft at 5:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.83 ft at 5:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.84 ft at 6:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.84 ft at 6:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.83 ft at 7:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.83 ft at 7:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.83 ft at 8:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.82 ft at 8:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.82 ft at 9:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.82 ft at 9:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.81 ft at 10:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.81 ft at 10:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.81 ft at 11:00PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.8 ft at 11:30PM Dec 16, 2017Observed: 3.8 ft at 12:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.79 ft at 12:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.79 ft at 1:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.78 ft at 1:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.78 ft at 2:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.78 ft at 2:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.77 ft at 3:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.77 ft at 3:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.76 ft at 4:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.75 ft at 4:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.75 ft at 5:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.75 ft at 5:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.74 ft at 6:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.74 ft at 6:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.74 ft at 7:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.73 ft at 7:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.73 ft at 8:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.73 ft at 8:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.73 ft at 9:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.73 ft at 9:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.73 ft at 9:31AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.74 ft at 10:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.74 ft at 10:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.75 ft at 11:00AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.76 ft at 11:30AM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.76 ft at 12:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.75 ft at 12:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.74 ft at 1:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.74 ft at 1:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.73 ft at 2:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.73 ft at 2:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.72 ft at 3:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.72 ft at 3:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.72 ft at 4:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.71 ft at 4:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.71 ft at 5:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 5:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 6:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.69 ft at 6:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.69 ft at 7:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.69 ft at 7:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 8:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 8:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 9:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 9:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 10:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 10:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 11:00PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 11:30PM Dec 17, 2017Observed: 3.69 ft at 12:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.69 ft at 12:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 1:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 1:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 2:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.71 ft at 2:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.71 ft at 3:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.71 ft at 3:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.71 ft at 4:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.71 ft at 4:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.71 ft at 5:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.71 ft at 5:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 6:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 6:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 7:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 7:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 8:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.7 ft at 8:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.69 ft at 9:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.69 ft at 9:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.69 ft at 10:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 10:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 11:00AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 11:30AM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.68 ft at 12:00PM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.67 ft at 12:30PM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.67 ft at 1:00PM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.67 ft at 1:30PM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.67 ft at 2:00PM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.66 ft at 2:30PM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.66 ft at 3:00PM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.66 ft at 3:30PM Dec 18, 2017Observed: 3.66 ft at 4:00PM Dec 18, 2017Forecast: 3.7 ft 7:00PM Dec 18, 2017Forecast: 3.7 ft 1:00AM Dec 19, 2017Forecast: 3.7 ft 7:00AM Dec 19, 2017Forecast: 3.7 ft 1:00PM Dec 19, 2017Forecast: 3.7 ft 7:00PM Dec 19, 2017Forecast: 3.7 ft 1:00AM Dec 20, 2017Forecast: 3.7 ft 7:00AM Dec 20, 2017Highest Forecast: 3.8 ft 1:00PM Dec 20, 2017Highest Forecast: 3.8 ft 7:00PM Dec 20, 2017Highest Forecast: 3.8 ft 1:00AM Dec 21, 2017Forecast: 3.7 ft 7:00AM Dec 21, 2017USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesHARP1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (5:17PM Dec 18, 2017)ObservedForecast (issued 9:52AM Dec 18)Latest observed value: 3.66 ft at 4:00 PM EST 18-Dec-2017. Flood Stage is 17 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 23
Moderate Flood Stage: 20
Flood Stage: 17
Action Stage: 11
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 33.27 ft on 06/24/1972
(2) 29.23 ft on 03/19/1936
(3) 26.80 ft on 06/02/1889
(4) 25.70 ft on 05/22/1894
(5) 25.17 ft on 09/09/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 25.17 ft on 09/09/2011
(2) 18.39 ft on 04/29/2011
(3) 20.09 ft on 03/12/2011
(4) 19.66 ft on 06/29/2006
(5) 18.87 ft on 04/04/2005
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.83 ft on 09/13/1964
(2) 2.46 ft on 09/25/1963
(3) 2.48 ft on 11/29/1930
(4) 2.59 ft on 09/28/1959
(5) 2.67 ft on 11/06/1964
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37 FEMA 0.2% Annual Chance Flood Level (500-year flood).
35 Flood waters begin to reach the Harvey Taylor Bridge.
33.3 Flood of record from Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
32 Widespread flooding occurs on both banks. The square and central business district in Harrisburg begin to be affected.
30 Widespread flooding occurs on both banks.
29 FEMA 1% Annual Chance Flood Level (100-year flood). Flood waters begin to reach the Market Street Bridge.
28 Widespread flooding occurs in the residential sections of Front and Second Streets and in the Shipoke area of Harrisburg. Flooding reaches Italian Lake Park in Harrisburg.
26 FEMA 2% Annual Chance Flood Level (50-year flood). Flood waters begin to reach the Walnut Street Bridge. Green and Vaughn Streets flood.
24 The residential section of Front and Second Streets in Harrisburg flood at this level. Cameron Street in Harrisburg floods due to backwater from Paxton Creek.
23 Evacuations are necessary in the Shipoke area of Harrisburg. Listen to local emergency officials for specific details. The water level reaches the corner of Keller and Front Streets. Delaware Street, Geiger Street and Maclay Streets may also be impacted.
22.5 US 22/322 in the vicinity of the Dauphin Narrows is impacted by flood waters.
21 Homes on both banks are affected by high water. This is the approximate level of Routes 11 and 15, upstream of the Market Street Bridge. Flood waters begin to reach South Main Street in Marysville.
20.5 FEMA 10% Annual Chance Flood Level (10-year flood).
20 Riverfront Park in Harrisburgh begins to flood.
19 A number of homes in West Fairview, Dauphin, and Harrisburg flood. Flood waters begin to reach Front Street in East Pennsboro Township in Cumberland County.
17 Basements of residences and businesses on both banks flood. The parking lot on City Island begins to take on water.
15 The recreation area of City Island is evacuated. River interests are encouraged to monitor conditions.
13 The recreation area on City Island is evacuated. River interests are encouraged to monitor conditions.
11 Recreational use of City Island begins to be curtailed. River interests are encouraged to monitor conditions.
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(2) view of the gagehouse
(3) looking downstream
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Latitude: 40.254722° N, Longitude: 76.886389° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 17 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
Elevation
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 290 ft 307 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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