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Mississippi River at Baton Rouge Stage (ft)Highest Observation: 29.74 ft at 8:00AM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.71 ft at 9:00AM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.52 ft at 10:00AM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.64 ft at 11:00AM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.63 ft at 12:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.67 ft at 1:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.61 ft at 2:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.72 ft at 3:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.55 ft at 4:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.58 ft at 5:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.56 ft at 6:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.53 ft at 7:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.54 ft at 8:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.54 ft at 9:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.55 ft at 10:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.49 ft at 11:00PM Apr 28, 2016Observed: 29.57 ft at 12:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.57 ft at 1:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.52 ft at 2:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.52 ft at 3:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.47 ft at 4:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.46 ft at 5:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.46 ft at 6:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.45 ft at 7:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.39 ft at 8:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.46 ft at 9:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.34 ft at 10:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.28 ft at 11:00AM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.26 ft at 12:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.26 ft at 1:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.37 ft at 2:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.21 ft at 3:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.17 ft at 4:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.14 ft at 5:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.12 ft at 6:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.15 ft at 7:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.06 ft at 8:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.12 ft at 9:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.07 ft at 10:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.06 ft at 11:00PM Apr 29, 2016Observed: 29.09 ft at 12:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.99 ft at 1:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 29.04 ft at 2:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 29.02 ft at 3:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 29.07 ft at 4:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.95 ft at 5:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.93 ft at 6:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.95 ft at 7:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.9 ft at 8:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.87 ft at 9:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.86 ft at 10:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.86 ft at 11:00AM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.85 ft at 12:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.8 ft at 1:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.9 ft at 2:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.87 ft at 3:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.9 ft at 4:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.93 ft at 5:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.83 ft at 6:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.79 ft at 7:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.76 ft at 8:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.79 ft at 9:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.79 ft at 10:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.7 ft at 11:00PM Apr 30, 2016Observed: 28.76 ft at 12:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.73 ft at 1:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.7 ft at 2:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.68 ft at 3:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.69 ft at 4:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.64 ft at 5:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.59 ft at 6:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.57 ft at 7:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.64 ft at 8:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.63 ft at 9:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.63 ft at 10:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.56 ft at 11:00AM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.59 ft at 12:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.5 ft at 1:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.44 ft at 2:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.49 ft at 3:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.46 ft at 4:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.42 ft at 5:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.42 ft at 6:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.42 ft at 7:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.46 ft at 8:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.36 ft at 9:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.33 ft at 10:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.31 ft at 11:00PM May 01, 2016Observed: 28.25 ft at 12:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 28.23 ft at 1:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 28.14 ft at 2:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 28.2 ft at 3:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 28.15 ft at 4:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 28.19 ft at 5:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 28.11 ft at 6:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 28.12 ft at 7:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 28.12 ft at 8:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 28.03 ft at 9:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 28.03 ft at 10:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.99 ft at 11:00AM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.96 ft at 12:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.93 ft at 1:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 28 ft at 2:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.85 ft at 3:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.84 ft at 4:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.86 ft at 5:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.85 ft at 6:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.82 ft at 7:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.79 ft at 8:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.79 ft at 9:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.73 ft at 10:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.73 ft at 11:00PM May 02, 2016Observed: 27.67 ft at 12:00AM May 03, 2016Observed: 27.69 ft at 1:00AM May 03, 2016Observed: 27.69 ft at 2:00AM May 03, 2016Observed: 27.68 ft at 3:00AM May 03, 2016Observed: 27.69 ft at 4:00AM May 03, 2016Observed: 27.61 ft at 5:00AM May 03, 2016Observed: 27.64 ft at 6:00AM May 03, 2016Forecast: 27.5 ft 1:00PM May 03, 2016Forecast: 27.5 ft 7:00PM May 03, 2016Forecast: 27.5 ft 1:00AM May 04, 2016Forecast: 27.7 ft 7:00AM May 04, 2016Forecast: 27.8 ft 1:00PM May 04, 2016Forecast: 28 ft 7:00PM May 04, 2016Forecast: 28.2 ft 1:00AM May 05, 2016Forecast: 28.4 ft 7:00AM May 05, 2016Forecast: 28.6 ft 1:00PM May 05, 2016Forecast: 28.9 ft 7:00PM May 05, 2016Forecast: 29.1 ft 1:00AM May 06, 2016Forecast: 29.4 ft 7:00AM May 06, 2016Forecast: 29.6 ft 1:00PM May 06, 2016Forecast: 29.9 ft 7:00PM May 06, 2016Forecast: 30.1 ft 1:00AM May 07, 2016Highest Forecast: 30.4 ft 7:00AM May 07, 2016BTRL1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (7:21AM May 3, 2016)ObservedForecast (issued 10:32AM May 2)Latest observed value: 27.64 ft at 6:00 AM CDT 3-May-2016. Flood Stage is 35 ft
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 40
Moderate Flood Stage: 38
Flood Stage: 35
Action Stage: 30
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 47.28 ft on 05/15/1927
(2) 45.18 ft on 04/29/1945
(3) 45.18 ft on 05/16/1922
(4) 45.01 ft on 05/18/2011
(5) 44.58 ft on 04/16/1945
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 38.47 ft on 03/21/2016
(2) 38.93 ft on 07/27/2015
(3) 35.91 ft on 05/24/2013
(4) 45.01 ft on 05/18/2011
(5) 43.13 ft on 05/12/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -0.07 ft on 11/14/1894
(2) 0.28 ft on 11/16/1895
(3) 0.38 ft on 01/09/1877
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47.28 This is the flood of record established on May 15, 1927.
43 Shipping and industrial activities are significantly affected. Unprotected low-lying areas will be flooded and agricultural operations will be impacted on the west side of the river. The city of Baton Rouge is protected by levees at this level.
40 The grounds of the older part of Lousiana State University's campus become soggy. This includes the area around the Veterinary Medicine building, the Veterinary Medicine Annex, the stadium and ball fields. The city of Baton Rouge and the main lsu campus are protected by levees at this level.
38 River traffic and industrial activity on the river side of the levees will be greatly affected. Navigational safety regulations will be strictly enforced.
36 River traffic and industrial activity on the river side of the levees will be greatly affected. Navigational safety regulations will be strictly enforced.
35 River islands from Red River Landing downstream to Baton Rouge will be inundated.
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Latitude: 30.429167° N, Longitude: 91.206944° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 35 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
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(gauge height = flood stage)
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NAVD88 0 ft 35 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
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