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Kanawha River at South Side Bridge Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Forecast: 7.5 ft 7:00AM Feb 01, 2015Forecast: 7.5 ft 1:00PM Feb 01, 2015Forecast: 7.5 ft 7:00PM Feb 01, 2015Forecast: 7.5 ft 1:00AM Feb 02, 2015Forecast: 7.5 ft 7:00AM Feb 02, 2015Forecast: 7.8 ft 1:00PM Feb 02, 2015Forecast: 8.2 ft 7:00PM Feb 02, 2015Forecast: 8.6 ft 1:00AM Feb 03, 2015Forecast: 8.9 ft 7:00AM Feb 03, 2015Forecast: 9.1 ft 1:00PM Feb 03, 2015Highest Forecast: 9.2 ft 7:00PM Feb 03, 2015Highest Forecast: 9.2 ft 1:00AM Feb 04, 2015CRSW2(plotting HGIRR) Graph Created (5:02AM Feb 1, 2015)Forecast (issued 10:29AM Jan 31)Flood Stage is 30 ft
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Datum: NAVD88
NOTE: Forecasts for the Kanawha River at South Side Bridge are issued routinely year-round.

Vertical datum height estimated from NGVD29 to NAVD88 using the NGS VERTCON conversion program

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Upstream Gauge - at Kanawha Falls Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at CHARLESTON OLD LOCK 6
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 40
Moderate Flood Stage: 35
Flood Stage: 30
Action Stage: 26
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 47.60 ft on 01/01/1840
(2) 46.87 ft on 09/29/1861
(3) 43.00 ft on 01/01/1822
(4) 41.63 ft on 09/14/1878
(5) 41.50 ft on 02/23/1897
(6) 41.25 ft on 03/05/1899
(7) 39.35 ft on 04/01/1886
(8) 38.60 ft on 12/30/1901
(9) 38.50 ft on 05/23/1901
(10) 38.10 ft on 01/01/1865
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 25.10 ft on 02/01/2013
(2) 22.80 ft on 01/17/2013
(3) 28.70 ft on 03/13/2010
(4) 21.70 ft on 03/06/2008
(5) 24.70 ft on 04/16/2007
(6) 30.00 ft on 11/20/2003
(7) 28.50 ft on 02/23/2003
(8) 23.60 ft on 07/30/2001
(9) 22.80 ft on 03/04/1997
(10) 22.00 ft on 01/25/1996
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -0.10 ft on 09/01/1861
(2) -0.10 ft on 09/15/1881
(3) 1.00 ft on 01/01/1879
(4) 5.00 ft on 08/17/1988
(5) 6.00 ft on 11/04/1989

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48 Major flooding of the city of charleston and surrounding areas.
47 Kanawha boulevard near south side bridge is flooded.
44 Water reaches the base of homes along kanawha boulevard, west of the interstate bridge, near magic island. Kanawha boulevard is also flooded in this area. Sections of mccorkle avenue (route 60) near the west virginia lottery, near interstate bridge and east of railroad station are flooded.
43 Water is at the base of union building on kanawha boulevard.
40 South side bridge parking lot along kanawha boulevard is flooded.
38.7 Water is to bottom of haddad park bathrooms and most of park is flooded.
38 The csx railroad tracks, kanawha boulevard, and park avenue on the west side of charleston begins to flood.
35 The csx railroad underpass near the southside bridge, low sections of maccorkle avenue bewtween the southside bridge and the thirty fifth street bridge, and thirty fifth and thrity third streets in kanawha city.
32 U.S. Route 60 patrick street and u.S. Route 119 in the city of charleston begins to flood.
31.6 Patrick street at 6th avenue begins to flood.
30 Bigley avenue at magazine branch begins to flood.
29.5 Crescent road at magazine branch begins to flood.
29.3 Grant street at elm street begins to flood.
29 The underpass at mccorkle and route 119 is flooded.
27 Iowa street at 5th avenue begins to flood.
26 Riverbank sidewalk near south side bridge and haddad park is flooded.
23.6 The north charleston fire department basement begins to flood.
22 Portions of magic island under water. Backwater affects start along the elk river portion of the city.
20 The floor of the elevated stage at haddad park is flooded.
17.5 Water is up to the bottom steps of haddad park.
17.2 Upper pier of haddad park is flooded.
12 Bottom pier of haddad park is flooded.
(1) View from above
(2) South Side Bridge gage
(3) South Side Bridge Staff gage
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Latitude: 38.347500° N, Longitude: 81.636111° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 30 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 557.997 ft 587.997 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
Other 558.650 ft 588.650 ft  
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