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Neuse River at Kinston, NC (KINN7)


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Inundation Levels
NAVD88 Stage

40.0* 30.3*
39.0* 29.3*
38.0* 28.3*
Record Crest: 27.71 ft
37.0 27.3
36.0 26.3
35.0 25.3
34.0 24.3
33.0 23.3
32.0 22.3
31.0 21.3

Major Flooding Begins

30.0 20.3
29.0 19.3
28.0 18.3

Moderate Flooding Begins

27.0 17.3
26.0 16.3
25.0 15.3
* = Extended rating
Weather Forecast Office Newport/Morehead City, NC Southeast River Forecast Center

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7.4 ft at 11/27/2014 13:15:00 UTC
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 21
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 14
Action Stage: 13
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 27.71 ft on 09/23/1999
(2) 25.00 ft on 07/01/1919
(3) 23.30 ft on 09/17/1996
(4) 22.90 ft on 10/13/1964
(5) 20.90 ft on 04/14/1936
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 14.53 ft on 03/15/2014
(2) 13.93 ft on 02/27/2014
(3) 15.24 ft on 01/19/2014
(4) 14.20 ft on 01/06/2014
(5) 17.57 ft on 07/21/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.46 ft on 10/24/1996
(2) 1.90 ft on 10/07/1951
(3) 2.50 ft on 09/08/1944

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27 Disasterous flooding. Comparable to the flood from Hurricane Floyd. All major roads on the south side of Kinston will flood. Up to two feet of water will likely be on Highway 70 in Kinston. Numerous businesses and homes will flood. Numerous creeks in Lenoir County including the Contentnea Creek will also cause widespread flooding. Numerous evacuations will be needed countywide.
24.5 Water will begin to flood the intersection of Highway 258 and Highway 70. Water will also flood numerous businesses along Highway 70. Numerous homes flood along and south of Highway 70. All major highways on the south side of Kinston become impassible. The Contentenea Creek will flood both Tick Bite and Grifton.
23 Many homes and businesses southeast of Kinston will flood. Highway 11 and numerous secondary roads will become impassable. Water will flood the Rivermont area. Evacuations are needed for residents in flood prone areas southeast of Kinston. Contentnea Creek will cause widespread flooding of Tick Bite and Grifton. Many streams across Lenoir, southern Pitt and northern Craven Counties will flood secondary roads and homes. Evacuations are needed for residents in flood prone areas.
21 Some homes and businesses southeast of Kinston will begin to flood, some evacuations likely. Water will flood several secondary roads southeast of Kinston along with Highway 11. Residents between Highway 11 and Highway 258 in the Rivermont area should closely monitor river levels. Water will back up Contentnea Creek and begin flooding Tick Bite and Grifton. Small streams across Lenoir, southern Pitt and northern Craven Counties will begin to flood secondary roads and may affect some homes.
20 Several secondary roads southeast of downtown Kinston are flooded. Water will begin to approach Highway 11 south of Kinston. Although no property damage is expected, water levels will start to flood some yards. Contentnea Creek will likely begin to flood in and around the town of Grifton.
18 Widespread low land flooding is likely adjacent to the river. Water will begin to approach some secondary roads over the southeast sections of Kinston. Residents who live in flood prone areas near the river should begin to move property to higher ground.
17 Widespread low land flooding adjacent to the river can be expected. Camp grounds and picnic areas at the Nature Center in Kinston begin to flood.
15.6 Low land flooding of the campground at the Nature Center can be expected.
15 Minor low land flooding adjacent to the river can be expected.
14 Water will begin to overflow into lowlands adjacent to the river.
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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.