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Chemung River at Elmira Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: 1.93 ft at 5:30PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 1.96 ft at 6:00PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2 ft at 6:15PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.05 ft at 6:30PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.2 ft at 7:00PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.28 ft at 7:15PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.38 ft at 7:30PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.52 ft at 8:00PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.57 ft at 8:15PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.61 ft at 8:30PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.67 ft at 9:00PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.68 ft at 9:15PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.71 ft at 9:30PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.79 ft at 10:15PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.81 ft at 10:30PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.94 ft at 11:15PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 2.98 ft at 11:30PM Oct 16, 2021Observed: 3.23 ft at 12:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.48 ft at 1:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.64 ft at 2:15AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.7 ft at 2:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.79 ft at 3:00AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.83 ft at 3:15AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.89 ft at 3:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.94 ft at 4:00AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.98 ft at 4:15AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4 ft at 4:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.05 ft at 5:00AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.05 ft at 5:15AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.08 ft at 5:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.1 ft at 6:00AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.1 ft at 6:15AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.12 ft at 6:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.15 ft at 7:00AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.16 ft at 7:15AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.17 ft at 7:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.2 ft at 8:00AM Oct 17, 2021Highest Observation: 4.21 ft at 8:15AM Oct 17, 2021Highest Observation: 4.21 ft at 8:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.2 ft at 9:00AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.18 ft at 9:15AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.19 ft at 9:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.15 ft at 10:00AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.12 ft at 10:15AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.14 ft at 10:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.11 ft at 11:00AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.07 ft at 11:15AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.06 ft at 11:30AM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.05 ft at 12:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.02 ft at 12:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 4.02 ft at 12:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.98 ft at 1:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.96 ft at 1:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.95 ft at 1:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.93 ft at 2:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.92 ft at 2:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.89 ft at 2:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.89 ft at 3:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.87 ft at 3:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.84 ft at 3:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.83 ft at 4:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.82 ft at 4:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.81 ft at 4:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.79 ft at 5:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.76 ft at 5:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.75 ft at 5:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.71 ft at 6:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.69 ft at 6:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.67 ft at 6:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.64 ft at 7:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.62 ft at 7:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.6 ft at 7:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.57 ft at 8:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.54 ft at 8:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.53 ft at 8:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.49 ft at 9:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.49 ft at 9:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.45 ft at 9:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.42 ft at 10:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.39 ft at 10:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.37 ft at 10:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.32 ft at 11:00PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.29 ft at 11:15PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.27 ft at 11:30PM Oct 17, 2021Observed: 3.25 ft at 12:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.22 ft at 12:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.21 ft at 12:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.18 ft at 1:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.18 ft at 1:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.17 ft at 1:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.16 ft at 2:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.15 ft at 2:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.15 ft at 2:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.14 ft at 3:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.13 ft at 3:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.12 ft at 3:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.12 ft at 4:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.11 ft at 4:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.11 ft at 4:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.09 ft at 5:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.08 ft at 5:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.08 ft at 5:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.08 ft at 6:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.07 ft at 6:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.07 ft at 6:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.05 ft at 7:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.05 ft at 7:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.04 ft at 7:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.03 ft at 8:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.02 ft at 8:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3 ft at 9:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3.01 ft at 9:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 3 ft at 9:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.99 ft at 10:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.97 ft at 10:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.98 ft at 10:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.98 ft at 11:00AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.97 ft at 11:15AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.96 ft at 11:30AM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.96 ft at 12:00PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.96 ft at 12:15PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.95 ft at 12:30PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.95 ft at 1:00PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.94 ft at 1:15PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.93 ft at 1:30PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.92 ft at 2:00PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.92 ft at 2:15PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.92 ft at 2:30PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.91 ft at 3:00PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.9 ft at 3:15PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.89 ft at 3:30PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.88 ft at 4:00PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.88 ft at 4:15PM Oct 18, 2021Observed: 2.87 ft at 4:30PM Oct 18, 2021Highest Forecast: 2.8 ft 8:00PM Oct 18, 2021Forecast: 2.6 ft 2:00AM Oct 19, 2021Forecast: 2.5 ft 8:00AM Oct 19, 2021Forecast: 2.4 ft 2:00PM Oct 19, 2021Forecast: 2.3 ft 8:00PM Oct 19, 2021Forecast: 2.2 ft 2:00AM Oct 20, 2021Forecast: 2.2 ft 8:00AM Oct 20, 2021Forecast: 2.1 ft 2:00PM Oct 20, 2021Forecast: 2.1 ft 8:00PM Oct 20, 2021Forecast: 2.1 ft 2:00AM Oct 21, 2021Forecast: 2.1 ft 8:00AM Oct 21, 2021USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesCHEN6(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (5:15PM Oct 18, 2021)ObservedForecast (issued 10:28AM Oct 18)Latest observed value: 2.87 ft at 4:30 PM EDT 18-Oct-2021. Flood Stage is 12 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Chemung River at Elmira are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 19
Moderate Flood Stage: 15
Flood Stage: 12
Action Stage: 10
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 25.20 ft on 06/23/1972
(2) 21.20 ft on 05/28/1946
(3) 19.70 ft on 09/26/1975
(4) 18.51 ft on 01/19/1996
(5) 18.30 ft on 07/09/1935
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 12.49 ft on 08/19/2021 (P)
(2) 12.16 ft on 05/16/2014
(3) 12.19 ft on 09/03/2006
(4) 12.47 ft on 11/30/2005
(5) 13.17 ft on 04/03/2005
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.79 ft on 10/16/2016

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25.2 Devastating flood damage occurs throughout the City of Elmira and surrounding areas. Public utilities, transportation, and communications are severely disrupted. This is the record flood from June 1972.
25 Water overtops the north bank of the levee system resulting in widespread flooding of downtown Elmira.
23 The Carriage Estates neighborhood and Farm Lane in Ashland flood. Flooding extends to 3rd Street in Wellsburg. The City of Elmira is protected by levees to 25 feet.
20 Neighborhoods south of Water Street in West Elmira experience extensive flooding. Properties along West Hudson Street at Morrowfield, Bonaview, and Homewood Avenues in the Town of Southport flood. The City of Elmira is protected by levees to 25 feet.
19 Most of Big Flats is inundated. Streets between York Avenue and Morningside Drive in West Elmira begin flooding. Homes at the lower end of Morningside and Country Club Drive are flooded to the first floor. Routes 225 and 352 are closed at Fitch's Bridge. Flooding worsens along Lower Maple Avenue from Southport to Wellsburg. The City of Elmira is protected by levees to 25 feet.
15 The Hamlet of Big Flats begins to flood. Water may also affect streets nearest the river from Golden Glow Heights through West Elmira. Flooding extends into the Town of Soutport affecting neighborhoods along Maple Avenue. Front Street in Wellsburg floods. The City of Elmira is protected by levees to 25 feet.
12 Minor flooding develops outside the area of levees and flood protection. Portions of Lower Maple Avenue (Route 427) in the Town of Ashland may be closed. The Lowman Crossover floods. Route 352 in Big Flats floods. The City of Elmira is protected by levees to 25 feet.
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(1) looking upstream
(2) view of gagehouse
(3) looking downstream
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Latitude: 42.086389° N, Longitude: 76.801389° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 12 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
Elevation
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 833.05 ft 845.05 ft Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 833.65 ft 845.65 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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