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Susquehanna River at Harrisburg, PA (HARP1)


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Inundation Levels
NAVD88 Stage

326.3*37.0*
325.3*36.0*
324.3*35.0*
323.3*34.0*
322.6*33.3*
Record Crest: 33.27 ft
322.333.0
321.332.0
320.331.0
319.330.0
318.329.0
317.328.0
316.327.0
315.326.0
314.325.0
313.324.0

Major Flooding Begins

312.323.0
311.322.0
310.321.0

Moderate Flooding Begins

309.320.0
308.319.0
307.318.0

Minor Flooding Begins

306.317.0
305.316.0
304.315.0
303.314.0
302.313.0
301.312.0

Near Flooding Begins

300.311.0
* = Extended rating
Weather Forecast Office State College, PA Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center
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4.7 ft at 11/23/2017 10:00:00 UTC
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Depth in feet
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 23
Moderate Flood Stage: 20
Flood Stage: 17
Action Stage: 11
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 33.27 ft on 06/24/1972
(2) 29.23 ft on 03/19/1936
(3) 26.80 ft on 06/02/1889
(4) 25.70 ft on 05/22/1894
(5) 25.17 ft on 09/09/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 25.17 ft on 09/09/2011
(2) 18.39 ft on 04/29/2011
(3) 20.09 ft on 03/12/2011
(4) 19.66 ft on 06/29/2006
(5) 18.87 ft on 04/04/2005
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.83 ft on 09/13/1964
(2) 2.46 ft on 09/25/1963
(3) 2.48 ft on 11/29/1930
(4) 2.59 ft on 09/28/1959
(5) 2.67 ft on 11/06/1964
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Graphical representation of flood inundation for NWS flood categories are based on steady state hydraulic modeling of water surface elevations for incremented discharges. Map shows approximate inundation areas for given water surface elevations and should not be used for navigation or permitting or other legal purposes, but strictly as a planning reference tool.

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Susquehanna River at Harrisburg Disclaimer: Flood boundaries shown reflect unobstructed flooding or backwater from only the Susquehanna River.  Additional areas may be flooded if the river becomes obstructed (i.e. debris/ice) or as a result of flooding from tributary streams.  Residents living near tributaries of the Susquehanna River should be particularly cautious due to added uncertainty associated with the potential for flooding from multiple sources.  The relevant USGS publication can be found here (URL TBD). Alternate map viewers, SIMV and FIMI (URL TBD), are also available.  These maps were developed by the Pennsylvania Silver Jackets Team - with a goal of reducing flood risk in the Commonwealth.  Primary partners are USACE, USGS, SRBC, NWS and The Harrisburg Authority.

Extended rating:
Rating Curve Extension - The Rating Curve Extension is calculated by using either a linear, logarithmic, or hydraulic technique to extend the rating curve above the currently established relationship between stage and flow.

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37 FEMA 0.2% Annual Chance Flood Level (500-year flood).
35 Flood waters begin to reach the Harvey Taylor Bridge.
33.3 Flood of record from Hurricane Agnes in 1972.
32 Widespread flooding occurs on both banks. The square and central business district in Harrisburg begin to be affected.
30 Widespread flooding occurs on both banks.
29 FEMA 1% Annual Chance Flood Level (100-year flood). Flood waters begin to reach the Market Street Bridge.
28 Widespread flooding occurs in the residential sections of Front and Second Streets and in the Shipoke area of Harrisburg. Flooding reaches Italian Lake Park in Harrisburg.
26 FEMA 2% Annual Chance Flood Level (50-year flood). Flood waters begin to reach the Walnut Street Bridge. Green and Vaughn Streets flood.
24 The residential section of Front and Second Streets in Harrisburg flood at this level. Cameron Street in Harrisburg floods due to backwater from Paxton Creek.
23 Evacuations are necessary in the Shipoke area of Harrisburg. Listen to local emergency officials for specific details. The water level reaches the corner of Keller and Front Streets. Delaware Street, Geiger Street and Maclay Streets may also be impacted.
22.5 US 22/322 in the vicinity of the Dauphin Narrows is impacted by flood waters.
21 Homes on both banks are affected by high water. This is the approximate level of Routes 11 and 15, upstream of the Market Street Bridge. Flood waters begin to reach South Main Street in Marysville.
20.5 FEMA 10% Annual Chance Flood Level (10-year flood).
20 Riverfront Park in Harrisburgh begins to flood.
19 A number of homes in West Fairview, Dauphin, and Harrisburg flood. Flood waters begin to reach Front Street in East Pennsboro Township in Cumberland County.
17 Basements of residences and businesses on both banks flood. The parking lot on City Island begins to take on water.
15 The recreation area of City Island is evacuated. River interests are encouraged to monitor conditions.
13 The recreation area on City Island is evacuated. River interests are encouraged to monitor conditions.
11 Recreational use of City Island begins to be curtailed. River interests are encouraged to monitor conditions.
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(1) looking upstream
(2) view of the gagehouse
(3) looking downstream
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Graphical representation of flood inundation for NWS flood categories are based on steady state hydraulic modeling of water surface elevations for incremented discharges. Map shows approximate inundation areas for given water surface elevations and should not be used for navigation or permitting or other legal purposes, but strictly as a planning reference tool.