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Ohio River at Cairo Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: 23.38 ft at 2:00PM Jul 25, 2014Observed: 23.36 ft at 3:00PM Jul 25, 2014Observed: 23.34 ft at 4:00PM Jul 25, 2014Observed: 23.39 ft at 5:00PM Jul 25, 2014Observed: 23.42 ft at 6:00PM Jul 25, 2014Observed: 23.45 ft at 7:00PM Jul 25, 2014Observed: 23.44 ft at 8:00PM Jul 25, 2014Observed: 23.46 ft at 9:00PM Jul 25, 2014Observed: 23.49 ft at 10:00PM Jul 25, 2014Observed: 23.51 ft at 11:00PM Jul 25, 2014Observed: 23.51 ft at 12:00AM Jul 26, 2014Highest Observation: 23.53 ft at 1:00AM Jul 26, 2014Highest Observation: 23.53 ft at 2:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.52 ft at 3:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.52 ft at 4:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.49 ft at 5:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.48 ft at 6:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.45 ft at 7:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.41 ft at 8:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.36 ft at 9:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.3 ft at 10:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.25 ft at 11:00AM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.21 ft at 12:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.19 ft at 1:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.16 ft at 2:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.13 ft at 3:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.1 ft at 4:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.07 ft at 5:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.06 ft at 6:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.07 ft at 7:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.04 ft at 8:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.04 ft at 9:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.03 ft at 10:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.03 ft at 11:00PM Jul 26, 2014Observed: 23.02 ft at 12:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 23.03 ft at 1:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 23.01 ft at 2:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 23 ft at 3:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.97 ft at 4:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.94 ft at 5:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.9 ft at 6:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.84 ft at 7:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.76 ft at 8:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.7 ft at 9:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.59 ft at 10:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.5 ft at 11:00AM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.39 ft at 12:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.28 ft at 1:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.18 ft at 2:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.09 ft at 3:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 22.01 ft at 4:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 21.93 ft at 5:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 21.81 ft at 6:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 21.68 ft at 7:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 21.59 ft at 8:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 21.49 ft at 9:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 21.42 ft at 10:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 21.34 ft at 11:00PM Jul 27, 2014Observed: 21.27 ft at 12:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.21 ft at 1:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.14 ft at 2:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.15 ft at 3:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.15 ft at 4:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.17 ft at 5:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.18 ft at 6:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.19 ft at 7:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.19 ft at 8:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.19 ft at 9:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.2 ft at 10:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.21 ft at 11:00AM Jul 28, 2014Observed: 21.25 ft at 12:00PM Jul 28, 2014Highest Forecast: 20.5 ft 7:00PM Jul 28, 2014Forecast: 20.4 ft 1:00AM Jul 29, 2014Forecast: 20.3 ft 7:00AM Jul 29, 2014Forecast: 20.1 ft 1:00PM Jul 29, 2014Forecast: 20 ft 7:00PM Jul 29, 2014Forecast: 20 ft 1:00AM Jul 30, 2014Forecast: 19.9 ft 7:00AM Jul 30, 2014Forecast: 19.8 ft 1:00PM Jul 30, 2014Forecast: 19.7 ft 7:00PM Jul 30, 2014Forecast: 19.6 ft 1:00AM Jul 31, 2014Forecast: 19.5 ft 7:00AM Jul 31, 2014Forecast: 19.3 ft 1:00PM Jul 31, 2014Forecast: 19.1 ft 7:00PM Jul 31, 2014Forecast: 19 ft 1:00AM Aug 01, 2014Forecast: 19 ft 7:00AM Aug 01, 2014Forecast: 19 ft 1:00PM Aug 01, 2014Forecast: 18.9 ft 7:00PM Aug 01, 2014Forecast: 18.8 ft 1:00AM Aug 02, 2014Forecast: 18.7 ft 7:00AM Aug 02, 2014CIRI2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (1:16PM Jul 28, 2014)ObservedForecast (issued 11:09AM Jul 28)Latest observed value: 21.25 ft at 12:00 PM CDT 28-Jul-2014. Flood Stage is 40 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Ohio River at Cairo are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Gauge - at Grand Chain Lock and Dam Upstream Gauge
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage:53
Moderate Flood Stage:47
Flood Stage:40
Action Stage:32

Historical Crests
(1) 61.72 ft on 05/02/2011
(2) 59.50 ft on 02/03/1937
(3) 56.50 ft on 04/03/1975
(4) 56.40 ft on 04/20/1927
(5) 56.20 ft on 03/11/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -1.00 ft on 12/24/1871
(2) 0.30 ft on 12/30/1876
(3) 1.10 ft on 01/01/1877
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65 The river will reach the top of the protection at Mounds and Mound City.
64 The river will reach the top of the protection of Cairo.
59.5 This flood will exceed the highest stage on record.
56 U.S. Highway 51 near Wickliffe is flooded.
50 The first gate is closed at Cairo.
40 Minor flooding occurs affecting mainly agricultural bottomland and low lying areas.
32 Cairo begins pumping operations.
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(1) Gage House
(2) Ohio River Downstream
(3) Confluence Looking Toward Cairo
(4) Confluence at Fort Defiance
(5) Confluence Looking Up Mississippi
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Latitude: 37.000000° N, Longitude: 89.162500° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 40 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available 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 270.47 ft 310.47 ft  
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