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South Fork Catawba River at Lowell Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: 2.46 ft at 12:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.46 ft at 1:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.46 ft at 1:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.46 ft at 1:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.46 ft at 1:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.46 ft at 2:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.46 ft at 2:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.47 ft at 2:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.47 ft at 2:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.47 ft at 3:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.47 ft at 3:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.48 ft at 3:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.48 ft at 3:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.49 ft at 4:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.49 ft at 4:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.5 ft at 4:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.51 ft at 4:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.51 ft at 5:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.52 ft at 5:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.52 ft at 5:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.52 ft at 5:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.53 ft at 6:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.53 ft at 6:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.53 ft at 6:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.54 ft at 6:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.54 ft at 7:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.53 ft at 7:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.53 ft at 7:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.52 ft at 7:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.51 ft at 8:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.5 ft at 8:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.49 ft at 8:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.47 ft at 8:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.45 ft at 9:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.42 ft at 9:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 9:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.38 ft at 9:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.35 ft at 10:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.33 ft at 10:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.31 ft at 10:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.29 ft at 10:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.27 ft at 11:00PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.25 ft at 11:15PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.24 ft at 11:30PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.23 ft at 11:45PM Oct 19, 2014Observed: 2.23 ft at 12:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.22 ft at 12:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.22 ft at 12:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.22 ft at 12:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.23 ft at 1:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.23 ft at 1:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.24 ft at 1:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.25 ft at 1:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.25 ft at 2:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.26 ft at 2:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.27 ft at 2:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.28 ft at 2:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.28 ft at 3:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.28 ft at 3:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.29 ft at 3:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.29 ft at 3:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.29 ft at 4:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.29 ft at 4:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.29 ft at 4:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.28 ft at 4:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.28 ft at 5:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.27 ft at 5:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.26 ft at 5:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.26 ft at 5:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.24 ft at 6:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.24 ft at 6:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.23 ft at 6:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.22 ft at 6:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.21 ft at 7:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.21 ft at 7:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.2 ft at 7:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.2 ft at 7:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.19 ft at 8:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.18 ft at 8:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.18 ft at 8:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.18 ft at 8:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 9:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 9:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 9:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 9:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 10:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 10:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.16 ft at 10:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 10:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 11:00AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 11:15AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 11:30AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 11:45AM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 12:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 12:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 12:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.18 ft at 12:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.18 ft at 1:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.18 ft at 1:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.19 ft at 1:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.2 ft at 1:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.21 ft at 2:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.23 ft at 2:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.24 ft at 2:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.26 ft at 2:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.28 ft at 3:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.3 ft at 3:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.32 ft at 3:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.33 ft at 3:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.35 ft at 4:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.37 ft at 4:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.38 ft at 4:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.39 ft at 4:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 5:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.41 ft at 5:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.42 ft at 5:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.42 ft at 5:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.42 ft at 6:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.41 ft at 6:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 6:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.39 ft at 6:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.38 ft at 7:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.36 ft at 7:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.34 ft at 7:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.32 ft at 7:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.3 ft at 8:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.28 ft at 8:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.26 ft at 8:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.23 ft at 8:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.22 ft at 9:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.2 ft at 9:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.18 ft at 9:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 9:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.16 ft at 10:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.15 ft at 10:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.15 ft at 10:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.15 ft at 10:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.16 ft at 11:00PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.17 ft at 11:15PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.18 ft at 11:30PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.2 ft at 11:45PM Oct 20, 2014Observed: 2.21 ft at 12:00AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.23 ft at 12:15AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.25 ft at 12:30AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.27 ft at 12:45AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.28 ft at 1:00AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.3 ft at 1:15AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.32 ft at 1:30AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.33 ft at 1:45AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.35 ft at 2:00AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.36 ft at 2:15AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.37 ft at 2:30AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.38 ft at 2:45AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.38 ft at 3:00AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.39 ft at 3:15AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 3:30AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 3:45AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 4:00AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.41 ft at 4:15AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.41 ft at 4:30AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.41 ft at 4:45AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.41 ft at 5:00AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.41 ft at 5:15AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 6:30AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 6:45AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 7:00AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 7:15AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 7:30AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 7:45AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 8:00AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.4 ft at 8:15AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.39 ft at 8:30AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.39 ft at 8:45AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.41 ft at 9:00AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.45 ft at 9:15AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.51 ft at 9:30AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.57 ft at 9:45AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.62 ft at 10:00AM Oct 21, 2014Highest Observation: 2.65 ft at 10:15AM Oct 21, 2014Highest Observation: 2.65 ft at 10:30AM Oct 21, 2014Highest Observation: 2.65 ft at 10:45AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.64 ft at 11:00AM Oct 21, 2014Observed: 2.62 ft at 11:15AM Oct 21, 2014Highest Forecast: 2.3 ft 2:00PM Oct 21, 2014Highest Forecast: 2.3 ft 8:00PM Oct 21, 2014Highest Forecast: 2.3 ft 2:00AM Oct 22, 2014Highest Forecast: 2.3 ft 8:00AM Oct 22, 2014Highest Forecast: 2.3 ft 2:00PM Oct 22, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 8:00PM Oct 22, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 2:00AM Oct 23, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 8:00AM Oct 23, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 2:00PM Oct 23, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 8:00PM Oct 23, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 2:00AM Oct 24, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 8:00AM Oct 24, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 2:00PM Oct 24, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 8:00PM Oct 24, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 2:00AM Oct 25, 2014Forecast: 2.2 ft 8:00AM Oct 25, 2014USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesLOWN7(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (12:34PM Oct 21, 2014)ObservedForecast (issued 9:45AM Oct 21)Latest observed value: 2.62 ft at 11:15 AM EDT 21-Oct-2014. Flood Stage is 10 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 48 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

Reliability of the Forecast: Forecast data shown here are guidance values only. Please refer to your local NWS office.

NOTE: Forecasts for the South Fork Catawba River at Lowell are issued routinely year-round.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage:15.5
Moderate Flood Stage:13
Flood Stage:10
Action Stage:9

Historical Crests
(1) 21.33 ft on 08/15/1940
(2) 17.50 ft on 07/29/2013
(3) 17.38 ft on 08/11/1970
(4) 16.98 ft on 09/19/1945
(5) 15.88 ft on 03/21/2003
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.60 ft on 08/22/1988
(2) 0.70 ft on 08/15/2002
(3) 0.80 ft on 07/17/1986
(4) 1.18 ft on 08/17/1953
(5) 1.19 ft on 06/18/2008
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21.33 RECORD FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED.
17 MAJOR FLOODING OF THE TOWN OF CRAMERTON WILL OCCURR.
16.5 MOST OF THE ROADS WITHIN 2 BLOCKS OF THE RIVER WILL BE FLOODED OR CLOSED DOWN TO INCLUDE PARTS OF LAKEVIEW DRIVE AND CATAWBA RUN ROAD. THE MACADENVILLE WATER TREATMENT PLANT WILL BEGIN TO FLOOD.
15.5 THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND BUILDINGS CLOSE TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALONG 8TH AVE AND MAIN STREET WILL BE FLOODED. PARTS OF MAYFLOWER ROAD WILL ALL SO BE FLOODED. FLOODING AT THIS LEVEL WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE FLOODING THAT OCCURRED ON MARCH 21, 2003.
14 SEVERAL ROADS IN THE CRAMERTON AREA WILL BE FLOODED TO INCLUDE CRAMER MOUNTAIN RD ... RIVERSIDE...8TH AVE AND GREENWOOD PLACE. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER BUSINESSES AND A CHURCH NEAR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN TO FLOOD.
13 HOMES ALONG RIVERSIDE DRIVE FROM 4TH AVE TO 9TH AVE IN CRAMERTON WILL BE FLOODED OR HAVE WATER IN THE CRAWL SPACE. FLOODING AT THIS LEVEL WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE FLOODING THAT OCCURRED ON OCTOBER 9, 2005.
12.5 MINOR FLOODING IS EXPECTED. FLOODING AT THIS LEVEL WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE FLOODING THAT OCCURRED ON JANUARY 26, 2010.
12 WATER WILL APPROACH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BUILDING IN CRAMERTON AND THE PARKING LOT BEHIND THE DRUG STORE WILL BE FLOODED. ONE HOME ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE WILL BEGIN TO FLOOD. FLOODING WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE FLOODING THAT OCCURRED ON FEBRAURY 6, 2010.
11.5 FLOODING ALONG RIVERSIDE DRIVE BETWEEN 5TH AND 6TH STREETS IN CRAMERTON WILL BEGIN TO OCCUR. THE PUMPING STATION AT PHARR YARNS MILL WILL BEGIN TO FLOOD.
11 WATER WILL START TO FLOOD PARTS OF RIVERSIDE DRIVE BETWEEN 5TH AND 6TH STREET IN CRAMERTON. WATER WILL ALL SO APPROACH HOMES BETWEEN THE RIVER AND CATAWBA RUN ROAD, NEAR THE GAGE. THE BRIDGE ACROSS HOYLE CREEK ON OLD WILLIS SCHOOL ROAD WILL BE FLOODED.
10 THE RIVER WILL OVERFLOW ITS BANKS AND BEGIN TO FLOOD THE RIVERSIDE PARK AND PORTIONS OF GOAT ISLAND PARK. WATER APPROACHS RIVERSIDE DRIVE NEAR 5TH AND 6TH STREETS IN CRAMERTON.
9 THE RIVER WILL START TO FLOOD RIVERSIDE PARK IN CRAMERTON. THE TOWN OF LINCOLNTON UPSTREAM WILL BEGIN TO HAVE FLOODING PROBLEMS.
2 2.O IN 10 HR BASIN AVERAGE RAIN WILL CAUSE A 4 FT RISE HERE.
1.5 A BROAD AREA OF 1.5 INCH IN 4 HR IN HEADWATERS ( EASTERN HALF OF LINCOLN COUNTY) WILL CAUSE A 2 FT RISE ON RIVER AT LOWN7...
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Latitude: 35.285278° N, Longitude: 81.101111° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 10 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 602.28 ft 612.28 ft Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 Not Available Not Available 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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