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Ohio River at Brookport Lock and Dam Pool (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 28.1 ft at 2:00PM Dec 14, 2014Observed: 27.9 ft at 3:00PM Dec 14, 2014Observed: 27.8 ft at 4:00PM Dec 14, 2014Observed: 27.7 ft at 5:00PM Dec 14, 2014Observed: 27.6 ft at 6:00PM Dec 14, 2014Observed: 27.5 ft at 7:00PM Dec 14, 2014Observed: 27.3 ft at 8:00PM Dec 14, 2014Observed: 27.2 ft at 9:00PM Dec 14, 2014Observed: 27.1 ft at 10:00PM Dec 14, 2014Observed: 27 ft at 11:00PM Dec 14, 2014Observed: 26.9 ft at 12:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 26.8 ft at 1:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 26.7 ft at 2:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 26.6 ft at 3:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 26.4 ft at 4:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 26.3 ft at 5:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 26.2 ft at 6:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 26.1 ft at 7:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 26 ft at 8:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 25.7 ft at 9:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 25.5 ft at 10:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 25.4 ft at 11:00AM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 25.3 ft at 12:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 25.1 ft at 1:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 24.9 ft at 2:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 24.7 ft at 3:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 24.3 ft at 4:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 23.9 ft at 5:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 23.8 ft at 6:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 23.2 ft at 7:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 23 ft at 8:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 22.6 ft at 9:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 22.3 ft at 10:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 22 ft at 11:00PM Dec 15, 2014Observed: 22 ft at 12:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 21.9 ft at 1:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 21.8 ft at 2:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 21.5 ft at 3:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 21.3 ft at 4:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 21.1 ft at 5:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 21 ft at 6:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 20.8 ft at 7:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 20.7 ft at 8:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 20.6 ft at 9:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 20.4 ft at 10:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 20.3 ft at 11:00AM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 20.2 ft at 12:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 20.1 ft at 1:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 19.9 ft at 2:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 19.8 ft at 3:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 19.7 ft at 4:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 19.6 ft at 5:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 19.4 ft at 6:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 19.2 ft at 7:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 19.1 ft at 8:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 19 ft at 9:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 18.8 ft at 10:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 18.7 ft at 11:00PM Dec 16, 2014Observed: 18.7 ft at 12:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 18.5 ft at 1:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 18.5 ft at 2:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 18.5 ft at 3:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 18.3 ft at 4:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 18.2 ft at 5:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 18.2 ft at 6:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 18.1 ft at 7:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 18 ft at 8:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 17.9 ft at 9:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 17.8 ft at 10:00AM Dec 17, 2014Observed: 17.8 ft at 11:00AM Dec 17, 2014BRKI2(plotting HPIRZ) Graph Created (1:46PM Dec 17, 2014)ObservedLatest observed value: 17.8 ft at 11:00 AM CST 17-Dec-2014. Flood Stage is 37 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Ohio River at Brookport Lock and Dam are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 57
Moderate Flood Stage: 52
Flood Stage: 37
Action Stage: 33
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 62.30 ft on 02/02/1937
(2) 57.00 ft on 05/06/2011
(3) 55.10 ft on 01/13/1950
(4) 53.60 ft on 03/12/1997
(5) 53.30 ft on 04/02/1975
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 38.50 ft on 12/31/2013
(2) 42.30 ft on 05/10/2013
(3) 42.20 ft on 05/09/2013
(4) 37.20 ft on 03/23/2013
(5) 38.40 ft on 02/08/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 2.70 ft on 09/12/1925
(2) 14.40 ft on 10/11/2006
(3) 15.10 ft on 06/06/2000
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66.4 The river will reach the top of the protection at Brookport Illinois.
62.3 This flood will exceed the highest stage on record.
57 Major flooding occurs. The lower part of the main business section in Metropolis is flooded.
53.1 The first gate at Brookport Illinois is closed.
52 Moderate flooding occurs with some homes near Lock and Dam 52 cut off.
51.6 Evacuation is required of 1st and 2nd streets in Metropolis.
50 Flooding begins in Joppa Illinois.
48 Flooding starts at Metropolis Illinois.
37 Minor flooding occurs affecting mainly agricultural bottomland and low lying areas.
(1) Brookport Lock and Dam Powerhouse
(2) Ohio River Upstream
(3) Ohio River Downstream
(4) Wickets Up
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Latitude: 37.127500° N, Longitude: 88.653056° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 37 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 283.3 ft 320.3 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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