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Atchafalaya River at Melville Stage (ft)Highest Observation: 11.72 ft at 1:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.71 ft at 2:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.71 ft at 3:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.71 ft at 4:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.7 ft at 5:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.68 ft at 6:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.7 ft at 7:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.68 ft at 8:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.69 ft at 9:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.67 ft at 10:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.65 ft at 11:00AM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.61 ft at 12:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.61 ft at 1:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.61 ft at 2:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.54 ft at 3:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.49 ft at 4:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.41 ft at 5:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.4 ft at 6:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.37 ft at 7:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.32 ft at 8:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.3 ft at 9:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.3 ft at 10:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.22 ft at 11:00PM Oct 29, 2014Observed: 11.2 ft at 12:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.19 ft at 1:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.18 ft at 2:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.17 ft at 3:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.16 ft at 4:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.14 ft at 5:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.13 ft at 6:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.13 ft at 7:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.09 ft at 8:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.1 ft at 9:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.07 ft at 10:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 11.01 ft at 11:00AM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.89 ft at 12:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.81 ft at 1:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.85 ft at 2:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.79 ft at 3:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.71 ft at 4:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.63 ft at 5:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.52 ft at 6:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.43 ft at 7:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.35 ft at 8:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.29 ft at 9:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.22 ft at 10:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.14 ft at 11:00PM Oct 30, 2014Observed: 10.1 ft at 12:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 10.02 ft at 1:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.98 ft at 2:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.95 ft at 3:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.91 ft at 4:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.87 ft at 5:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.85 ft at 6:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.83 ft at 7:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.8 ft at 8:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.77 ft at 9:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.69 ft at 10:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.57 ft at 11:00AM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.61 ft at 12:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.49 ft at 1:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.44 ft at 2:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.34 ft at 3:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.37 ft at 4:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.29 ft at 5:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.24 ft at 6:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.24 ft at 7:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.23 ft at 8:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.18 ft at 9:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.11 ft at 10:00PM Oct 31, 2014Observed: 9.12 ft at 11:00PM Oct 31, 2014Highest Forecast: 9.1 ft 1:00AM Nov 01, 2014Forecast: 8.8 ft 7:00AM Nov 01, 2014Forecast: 8.6 ft 1:00PM Nov 01, 2014Forecast: 8.3 ft 7:00PM Nov 01, 2014Forecast: 8.1 ft 1:00AM Nov 02, 2014Forecast: 7.8 ft 6:00AM Nov 02, 2014Forecast: 7.6 ft 12:00PM Nov 02, 2014Forecast: 7.3 ft 6:00PM Nov 02, 2014Forecast: 7.1 ft 12:00AM Nov 03, 2014Forecast: 6.8 ft 6:00AM Nov 03, 2014Forecast: 6.7 ft 12:00PM Nov 03, 2014Forecast: 6.5 ft 6:00PM Nov 03, 2014Forecast: 6.4 ft 12:00AM Nov 04, 2014Forecast: 6.2 ft 6:00AM Nov 04, 2014Forecast: 6.1 ft 12:00PM Nov 04, 2014Forecast: 5.9 ft 6:00PM Nov 04, 2014Forecast: 5.8 ft 12:00AM Nov 05, 2014Forecast: 5.7 ft 6:00AM Nov 05, 2014MLVL1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (12:04AM Nov 1, 2014)ObservedForecast (issued 9:34AM Oct 31)Latest observed value: 9.12 ft at 11:00 PM CDT 31-Oct-2014. Flood Stage is 34 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: Forecasts for the Atchafalaya River at Melville are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage:50
Moderate Flood Stage:45
Flood Stage:34
Action Stage:33

Historical Crests
(1) 46.98 ft on 05/14/1927
(2) 46.08 ft on 05/14/1922
(3) 45.88 ft on 04/25/1945
(4) 45.00 ft on 03/05/1950
(5) 44.98 ft on 03/02/1937
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.80 ft on 01/19/1981
(2) 0.88 ft on 06/23/1964
(3) 0.90 ft on 10/18/1976
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52.5 The water level will be near the top of the levee which is 53 feet at its lowest point.
50 Water will reach the base of the Texas Pacific railroad bridge girders.
48 The water level will reach the grade level of the lowest elevation on the back side of the Melville ring levee.
45 Considerable flooding occurs.
41 Flooding will begin on the river side of the river levee and on the river side of the Melville protection ring levee. Increased river current will make navigation more difficult and increase the need for strict traffic regulation.
36 Flooding of structures on the unprotected side of the levee begins along Trestle Street and River Bank Road in Melville.
34 Lowest structures on the unprotected side of the levee begin to flood. Flooding is more extensive just south of melville.
33 Action stage.
30 Increased current in the atchafalaya main channel will cause minor navigation problems for large craft, but hazardous conditions for smaller river craft. The average elevation within the protection of the melville ring levee is 31 feet.
25 Flooding will begin on the river side of the atchafalaya river levee and the melville ring levee which protect the city to a river stage of about 50 feet.
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Latitude: 30.690556° N, Longitude: 91.736111° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 34 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 -0.22 ft 33.78 ft Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 0 ft 34 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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