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  NOTICE:There is a service interruption for a number of stream gauges nationwide due to the Global Positioning System (GPS) Rollover that occurred on April 6 at 23:59 GMT. The National Weather Service is working with federal, state, and local partners to ensure those affected gauges obtain the necessary updates to resume data transmission. We apologize for the service interruption and hope to have the data restored as soon as possible.

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Watauga River near Foscoe Stage (ft)Observed: 4.26 ft at 4:35AM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 4.14 ft at 5:30AM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 4.04 ft at 6:25AM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 3.92 ft at 7:30AM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 3.94 ft at 7:35AM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 3.84 ft at 8:50AM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 3.72 ft at 10:30AM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 3.62 ft at 12:15PM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 3.58 ft at 1:35PM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 3.46 ft at 4:15PM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 3.4 ft at 7:35PM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 3.28 ft at 11:00PM Apr 15, 2019Observed: 3.2 ft at 7:35AM Apr 16, 2019Observed: 3.06 ft at 1:35AM Apr 17, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:35AM Apr 17, 2019Observed: 3 ft at 1:35PM Apr 17, 2019Observed: 2.88 ft at 1:35AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 2.98 ft at 3:30AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 3.02 ft at 7:35AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 3.14 ft at 8:35AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 3.34 ft at 9:20AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 3.44 ft at 9:30AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 3.76 ft at 9:55AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 3.98 ft at 10:35AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 4.08 ft at 11:10AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 4.18 ft at 11:35AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 4.3 ft at 11:50AM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 4.5 ft at 12:25PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 4.62 ft at 12:35PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 4.72 ft at 12:40PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 4.84 ft at 12:50PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.06 ft at 12:55PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.18 ft at 1:00PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.28 ft at 1:05PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.4 ft at 1:10PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.52 ft at 1:15PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.8 ft at 1:35PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.92 ft at 1:45PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 6.02 ft at 1:55PM Apr 19, 2019Highest Observation: 6.12 ft at 2:35PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.9 ft at 4:15PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.8 ft at 4:50PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.62 ft at 6:10PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.4 ft at 6:50PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.1 ft at 8:00PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.22 ft at 8:55PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.34 ft at 9:00PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.56 ft at 9:10PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.82 ft at 9:20PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.92 ft at 9:40PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.82 ft at 10:25PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.7 ft at 10:55PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.6 ft at 11:30PM Apr 19, 2019Observed: 5.18 ft at 1:30AM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 5.16 ft at 1:35AM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 5.06 ft at 2:05AM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 4.86 ft at 3:10AM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 4.64 ft at 4:30AM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 4.54 ft at 5:25AM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 4.2 ft at 8:45AM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 4.08 ft at 10:40AM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 3.98 ft at 12:45PM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 3.86 ft at 7:20PM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 3.76 ft at 10:00PM Apr 20, 2019Observed: 3.7 ft at 1:35AM Apr 21, 2019Observed: 3.6 ft at 6:20AM Apr 21, 2019Observed: 3.48 ft at 1:35PM Apr 21, 2019Observed: 3.4 ft at 7:35PM Apr 21, 2019NC Department of Emergency ManagementFOSN7(plotting HGIRR) Graph Created (4:34AM Apr 22, 2019)ObservedLatest observed value: 3.4 ft at 7:35 PM EDT 21-Apr-2019. Flood Stage is 9 ft
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NOTE: Graphical forecasts are not available for the Watauga River near Foscoe. During times of high water, forecast crest information can be found in the text products.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 19
Moderate Flood Stage: 15
Flood Stage: 9
Action Stage: 7
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 11.96 ft on 05/19/2018
(2) 10.84 ft on 09/25/2011
(3) 9.38 ft on 01/30/2013
(4) 8.86 ft on 10/24/2017
(5) 8.72 ft on 01/25/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 8.16 ft on 10/11/2018
(2) 11.96 ft on 05/19/2018
(3) 6.88 ft on 01/12/2018
(4) 8.86 ft on 10/24/2017
(5) 7.10 ft on 02/03/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.

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16 Extensive flooding of roads and properties along the river.
10 Shulls Mill Road (Route 1557) near the gage starts to be flooded.
9 Overbank and lowland flooding along the river occurs.
(1) Watauga River nr Foscoe upstream from Shulls Mill Rd. - Oct. 9, 2014
(2) Watauga River nr Foscoe downstream from Shulls Mill Rd. - Oct. 9, 2014
(3) IFLOWS SG/RG - at Shulls Mill Rd bridge - Oct. 9, 2014
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Latitude: 36.173611° N, Longitude: 81.745000° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

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NWS stage 0 ft 9 ft  
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