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Ohio River at Paducah Stage (ft)Forecast: 25.6 ft 6:00AM Jan 17, 2017Forecast: 26.4 ft 12:00PM Jan 17, 2017Forecast: 27.1 ft 6:00PM Jan 17, 2017Forecast: 27.8 ft 12:00AM Jan 18, 2017Forecast: 28.5 ft 6:00AM Jan 18, 2017Forecast: 29.2 ft 12:00PM Jan 18, 2017Forecast: 29.9 ft 6:00PM Jan 18, 2017Forecast: 30.6 ft 12:00AM Jan 19, 2017Forecast: 31.3 ft 6:00AM Jan 19, 2017Forecast: 31.8 ft 12:00PM Jan 19, 2017Forecast: 32.2 ft 6:00PM Jan 19, 2017Forecast: 32.6 ft 12:00AM Jan 20, 2017Forecast: 33 ft 6:00AM Jan 20, 2017Forecast: 33.4 ft 12:00PM Jan 20, 2017Forecast: 33.8 ft 6:00PM Jan 20, 2017Forecast: 34.1 ft 12:00AM Jan 21, 2017Forecast: 34.5 ft 6:00AM Jan 21, 2017Forecast: 34.6 ft 12:00PM Jan 21, 2017Forecast: 34.8 ft 6:00PM Jan 21, 2017Forecast: 35 ft 12:00AM Jan 22, 2017Forecast: 35.1 ft 6:00AM Jan 22, 2017Forecast: 35.2 ft 12:00PM Jan 22, 2017Forecast: 35.3 ft 6:00PM Jan 22, 2017Forecast: 35.5 ft 12:00AM Jan 23, 2017Forecast: 35.7 ft 6:00AM Jan 23, 2017Forecast: 35.8 ft 12:00PM Jan 23, 2017Forecast: 35.9 ft 6:00PM Jan 23, 2017Highest Forecast: 36.3 ft 12:00AM Jan 24, 2017Highest Forecast: 36.3 ft 6:00AM Jan 24, 2017Forecast: 36.2 ft 12:00PM Jan 24, 2017Forecast: 36.1 ft 6:00PM Jan 24, 2017Forecast: 36 ft 12:00AM Jan 25, 2017Forecast: 35.8 ft 6:00AM Jan 25, 2017Forecast: 35.5 ft 12:00PM Jan 25, 2017Forecast: 35.2 ft 6:00PM Jan 25, 2017Forecast: 34.9 ft 12:00AM Jan 26, 2017Forecast: 34.6 ft 6:00AM Jan 26, 2017Forecast: 34.2 ft 12:00PM Jan 26, 2017Forecast: 33.8 ft 6:00PM Jan 26, 2017Forecast: 33.4 ft 12:00AM Jan 27, 2017Forecast: 32.7 ft 6:00AM Jan 27, 2017Forecast: 31.8 ft 12:00PM Jan 27, 2017Forecast: 30.9 ft 6:00PM Jan 27, 2017Forecast: 29.2 ft 12:00AM Jan 28, 2017Forecast: 27.4 ft 6:00AM Jan 28, 2017Forecast: 25 ft 12:00PM Jan 28, 2017Forecast: 22.9 ft 6:00PM Jan 28, 2017Forecast: 21.9 ft 12:00AM Jan 29, 2017Forecast: 21.5 ft 6:00AM Jan 29, 2017Forecast: 21.3 ft 12:00PM Jan 29, 2017Forecast: 21 ft 6:00PM Jan 29, 2017Forecast: 20.9 ft 12:00AM Jan 30, 2017Forecast: 20.4 ft 6:00AM Jan 30, 2017Forecast: 20.4 ft 12:00PM Jan 30, 2017Forecast: 20.3 ft 6:00PM Jan 30, 2017Forecast: 20.3 ft 12:00AM Jan 31, 2017USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesPAHK2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (12:47AM Jan 17, 2017)ObservedForecast (issued 9:51AM Jan 16)Latest observed value: 24.11 ft at 7:00 AM CST 9-Jan-2017. Flood Stage is 39 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.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Ohio River at Paducah are issued routinely year-round.

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Upstream Gauge - at Smithland Lock and Dam Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Brookport Lock and Dam
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 52
Moderate Flood Stage: 43
Flood Stage: 39
Action Stage: 32
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 60.60 ft on 02/02/1937
(2) 55.03 ft on 05/05/2011
(3) 54.30 ft on 04/07/1913
(4) 54.30 ft on 02/23/1884
(5) 53.30 ft on 02/13/1950
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 46.00 ft on 12/31/2015
(2) 45.54 ft on 03/17/2015
(3) 39.63 ft on 05/10/2013
(4) 55.03 ft on 05/05/2011
(5) 44.34 ft on 05/06/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -0.70 ft on 11/04/1895
(2) -0.50 ft on 09/12/1925
(3) -0.30 ft on 10/11/1897
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64 The top of the protection is reached at Paducah.
60.6 This flood will exceed the highest stage on record. Large amounts of property damage can be expected. Evacuation of many homes and businesses becomes necessary. The levee will protect most of the city at this level.
56 Many of the industrial plants upstream in Calvert City are affected at this stage and higher and may begin to shut down.
52 Major flooding occurs and is widespread on both sides of the river.
49.5 The first gate is closed in the floodwall in Paducah.
47 Property damage begins on the the Illinois and Kentucky sides of the river.
43 Moderate flooding occurs affecting several small unprotected towns.
39 Minor flooding occurs affecting mainly bottomland and surrounding low lying areas.
32 The city of Paducah starts the first pumps.
(1) Gage House
(2) Ohio River Upstream
(3) Ohio River Downstream
(4) Gage House
(5) Incline Gage at Public Boat Ramp
(6) Waterfront and Tennessee River
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Latitude: 37.089444° N, Longitude: 88.594444° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 39 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 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other 286.26 ft 325.26 ft  

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8250 Highway 3520
West Paducah, KY 42086-6440
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