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Tar River at Tarboro, NC (TARN7)


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Inundation Levels
NAVD88 Stage

53.0* 43.7*
52.0* 42.7*
51.0* 41.7*
Record Crest: 41.51 ft
50.0 40.7
49.0 39.7
48.0 38.7
47.0 37.7
46.0 36.7
45.0 35.7
44.0 34.7
43.0 33.7
42.0 32.7

Major Flooding Begins

41.0 31.7
40.0 30.7
39.0 29.7
38.0 28.7
37.0 27.7
36.0 26.7
35.0 25.7
34.0 24.7

Moderate Flooding Begins

33.0 23.7
32.0 22.7
31.0 21.7
30.0 20.7
29.0 19.7

Minor Flooding Begins

28.0 18.7
* = Extended rating
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3.9 ft at 11/25/2014 20:15:00 UTC
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 32
Moderate Flood Stage: 24
Flood Stage: 19
Action Stage: 17
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 41.51 ft on 09/19/1999
(2) 34.00 ft on 07/27/1919
(3) 33.50 ft on 10/04/1924
(4) 31.77 ft on 08/20/1940
(5) 30.20 ft on 09/24/1928
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 22.17 ft on 04/02/2010
(2) 22.98 ft on 02/11/2010
(3) 28.03 ft on 06/19/2006
(4) 26.27 ft on 04/15/2003
(5) 41.51 ft on 09/19/1999
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.45 ft on 10/17/1933
(2) 0.60 ft on 09/28/1954
(3) 0.90 ft on 10/02/1968
(4) 1.10 ft on 09/18/1951
(5) 1.10 ft on 10/23/1981
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41.51 This is the flood of record caused by hurricane Floyd on September 19, 1999.
38.6 This is the highest elevation of the Princeville dike. Flooding becomes widespread in Princeville. The traffic circle in Tarboro on US64 at the bridge over the Tar river is flooded. Flooding begins on Albemarle Avenue and St Andrews Street.
37 Failure may be expected at the Princeville dike and flooding begins in the town of Princeville. There is also considerable street flooding in Tarboro, including Daniels, Baker, St James, and Granville streets.
34.6 Water reaches the base of the Princeville dike.
33.6 This is the elevation of the railroad bed which cuts through the Princeville dike. The emergency gate must be manually installed to prevent water from flowing into the town of Princeville.
32 Major flood stage. Baker and St James Street begin to flood.
26.6 This is the stage reached during hurricane Fran on September 15, 1996.
24 Moderate flooding begins in Tarboro. River Road is underwater and flooding begins on east Wilson and St David Streets.
20 Lowland flooding begins south of Daniel Street in east Tarboro.
19 Minor flooding begins. The Riverside Park and River Road at the US64 bridge flood.
17 Action stage. The river is bankfull.
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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.