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Kanawha River at Kanawha Falls Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: 4.22 ft at 8:00AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.23 ft at 8:15AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.24 ft at 8:30AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.24 ft at 8:45AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.25 ft at 9:00AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.25 ft at 9:15AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.24 ft at 9:30AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.24 ft at 9:45AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.23 ft at 10:00AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.22 ft at 10:15AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.22 ft at 10:30AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.22 ft at 10:45AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.22 ft at 11:00AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.21 ft at 11:15AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.21 ft at 11:30AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.21 ft at 11:45AM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 12:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 12:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 12:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 12:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 1:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 1:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 1:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 1:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 2:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 2:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 2:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 2:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 3:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 3:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 3:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 3:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 4:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 4:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 4:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.19 ft at 4:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.19 ft at 5:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 5:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.19 ft at 5:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.19 ft at 5:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.19 ft at 6:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.19 ft at 6:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 6:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 6:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.2 ft at 7:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.21 ft at 7:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.22 ft at 7:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.23 ft at 7:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.26 ft at 8:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.31 ft at 8:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.41 ft at 8:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.54 ft at 8:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.66 ft at 9:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.76 ft at 9:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.85 ft at 9:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.91 ft at 9:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 4.96 ft at 10:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 5.01 ft at 10:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 5.05 ft at 10:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 5.09 ft at 10:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 5.12 ft at 11:00PM May 16, 2024Observed: 5.13 ft at 11:15PM May 16, 2024Observed: 5.15 ft at 11:30PM May 16, 2024Observed: 5.16 ft at 11:45PM May 16, 2024Observed: 5.16 ft at 12:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.15 ft at 12:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.13 ft at 12:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.12 ft at 12:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.08 ft at 1:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.02 ft at 1:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 4.97 ft at 1:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 4.95 ft at 1:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 4.98 ft at 2:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.05 ft at 2:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.14 ft at 2:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.25 ft at 2:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.35 ft at 3:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.45 ft at 3:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.55 ft at 3:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.63 ft at 3:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.7 ft at 4:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.76 ft at 4:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.82 ft at 4:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.85 ft at 4:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.87 ft at 5:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.87 ft at 5:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.87 ft at 5:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.86 ft at 5:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.85 ft at 6:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.84 ft at 6:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.85 ft at 6:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.85 ft at 6:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.85 ft at 7:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.84 ft at 7:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.86 ft at 7:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.9 ft at 7:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.93 ft at 8:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.96 ft at 8:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.98 ft at 8:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 6 ft at 8:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.01 ft at 9:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.01 ft at 9:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.01 ft at 9:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.02 ft at 9:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.01 ft at 10:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 6 ft at 10:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.99 ft at 10:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.98 ft at 10:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.96 ft at 11:00AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.94 ft at 11:15AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.93 ft at 11:30AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.91 ft at 11:45AM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.87 ft at 12:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.76 ft at 12:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.66 ft at 12:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.57 ft at 12:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.51 ft at 1:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.47 ft at 1:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.49 ft at 1:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.54 ft at 1:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.57 ft at 2:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.56 ft at 2:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.52 ft at 2:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.49 ft at 2:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.48 ft at 3:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.53 ft at 3:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.64 ft at 3:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.76 ft at 3:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.88 ft at 4:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.98 ft at 4:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.05 ft at 4:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.08 ft at 4:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.08 ft at 5:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.09 ft at 5:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.07 ft at 5:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.05 ft at 5:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.03 ft at 6:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.04 ft at 6:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.05 ft at 6:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.06 ft at 6:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.07 ft at 7:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.04 ft at 7:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 6.01 ft at 7:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.98 ft at 7:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.95 ft at 8:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.93 ft at 8:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.9 ft at 8:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.87 ft at 8:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.84 ft at 9:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.81 ft at 9:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.77 ft at 9:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.73 ft at 9:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.68 ft at 10:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.64 ft at 10:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.61 ft at 10:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.58 ft at 10:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.56 ft at 11:00PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.56 ft at 11:15PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.56 ft at 11:30PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.56 ft at 11:45PM May 17, 2024Observed: 5.55 ft at 12:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.55 ft at 12:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.54 ft at 12:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.53 ft at 12:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.52 ft at 1:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.51 ft at 1:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.51 ft at 1:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.53 ft at 1:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.52 ft at 2:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.52 ft at 2:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.41 ft at 2:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.41 ft at 2:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.44 ft at 3:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.46 ft at 3:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.52 ft at 3:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.59 ft at 3:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.67 ft at 4:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.73 ft at 4:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.78 ft at 4:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.8 ft at 4:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.82 ft at 5:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.83 ft at 5:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.85 ft at 5:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.85 ft at 5:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.85 ft at 6:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.86 ft at 6:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.86 ft at 6:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.86 ft at 6:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.87 ft at 7:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.88 ft at 7:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.89 ft at 7:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.89 ft at 7:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.9 ft at 8:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.9 ft at 8:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.92 ft at 8:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.95 ft at 8:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.87 ft at 9:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.76 ft at 9:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.69 ft at 9:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.64 ft at 9:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.62 ft at 10:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.6 ft at 10:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.61 ft at 10:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.61 ft at 10:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.62 ft at 11:00AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.65 ft at 11:15AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.72 ft at 11:30AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.8 ft at 11:45AM May 18, 2024Observed: 5.92 ft at 12:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.05 ft at 12:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.16 ft at 12:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.25 ft at 12:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.33 ft at 1:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.4 ft at 1:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.46 ft at 1:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.51 ft at 1:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.58 ft at 2:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.64 ft at 2:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.7 ft at 2:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.75 ft at 2:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.79 ft at 3:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.79 ft at 3:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.8 ft at 3:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.83 ft at 3:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 6.91 ft at 4:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7 ft at 4:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.09 ft at 4:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.18 ft at 4:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.26 ft at 5:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.33 ft at 5:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.38 ft at 5:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.44 ft at 5:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.51 ft at 6:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.6 ft at 6:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.69 ft at 6:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.78 ft at 6:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.84 ft at 7:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.89 ft at 7:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.92 ft at 7:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.95 ft at 7:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.95 ft at 8:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.95 ft at 8:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.94 ft at 8:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.93 ft at 8:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.94 ft at 9:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.94 ft at 9:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.94 ft at 9:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.95 ft at 9:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.96 ft at 10:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.95 ft at 10:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.96 ft at 10:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.97 ft at 10:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.97 ft at 11:00PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.98 ft at 11:15PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.98 ft at 11:30PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.99 ft at 11:45PM May 18, 2024Observed: 7.93 ft at 12:00AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.98 ft at 12:15AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.91 ft at 12:30AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.92 ft at 12:45AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.91 ft at 1:00AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.92 ft at 1:15AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.91 ft at 1:30AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.91 ft at 1:45AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.9 ft at 2:00AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.9 ft at 2:15AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.93 ft at 2:30AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.81 ft at 2:45AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.61 ft at 3:00AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.41 ft at 3:15AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.31 ft at 3:30AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.21 ft at 3:45AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.19 ft at 4:00AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.35 ft at 4:15AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.64 ft at 4:30AM May 19, 2024Observed: 8.03 ft at 4:45AM May 19, 2024Observed: 8.32 ft at 5:00AM May 19, 2024Highest Observation: 8.48 ft at 5:15AM May 19, 2024Observed: 8.47 ft at 5:30AM May 19, 2024Observed: 8.38 ft at 5:45AM May 19, 2024Observed: 8.25 ft at 6:00AM May 19, 2024Observed: 8.13 ft at 6:15AM May 19, 2024Observed: 8 ft at 6:30AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.91 ft at 6:45AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.86 ft at 7:00AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.81 ft at 7:15AM May 19, 2024Observed: 7.8 ft at 7:30AM May 19, 2024Forecast: 8.1 ft 8:00AM May 19, 2024Forecast: 8.3 ft 2:00PM May 19, 2024Forecast: 8.6 ft 8:00PM May 19, 2024Highest Forecast: 8.8 ft 2:00AM May 20, 2024Forecast: 8.6 ft 8:00AM May 20, 2024Forecast: 8 ft 2:00PM May 20, 2024Forecast: 7.4 ft 8:00PM May 20, 2024Forecast: 7.2 ft 2:00AM May 21, 2024Forecast: 6.8 ft 8:00AM May 21, 2024Forecast: 6.5 ft 2:00PM May 21, 2024Forecast: 6.1 ft 8:00PM May 21, 2024Forecast: 6 ft 2:00AM May 22, 2024Forecast: 5.8 ft 8:00AM May 22, 2024Forecast: 5.7 ft 2:00PM May 22, 2024Forecast: 5.5 ft 8:00PM May 22, 2024Forecast: 5.4 ft 2:00AM May 23, 2024Forecast: 5.3 ft 8:00AM May 23, 2024USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesKANW2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (7:50AM May 19, 2024)ObservedForecast (issued 9:34AM May 18)Latest observed value: 7.8 ft at 7:30 AM EDT 19-May-2024. Flood Stage is 27 ft
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NOTE: River Forecasts typically include ONLY 2 days of future rain from forecast issuance time (lower right of graph). Occasionally 3 days of future rain included.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Kanawha River at Kanawha Falls are issued routinely year-round.

Vertical datum height surveyed by the USGS

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 35
Moderate Flood Stage: 30
Flood Stage: 27
Action Stage: 25
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 37.80 ft on 09/14/1878
(2) 27.37 ft on 04/04/1977
(3) 21.60 ft on 01/29/1957
(4) 20.63 ft on 01/19/1996
(5) 20.62 ft on 02/26/1972
(6) 19.41 ft on 04/05/1977
(7) 19.01 ft on 02/01/2013
(8) 19.00 ft on 03/25/1935
(9) 18.89 ft on 05/07/1984
(10) 18.54 ft on 12/31/1969
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 15.28 ft on 05/17/2014
(2) 19.01 ft on 02/01/2013
(3) 20.63 ft on 01/19/1996
(4) 18.30 ft on 03/24/1993
(5) 15.43 ft on 04/23/1992
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -0.95 ft on 08/15/1930
(2) -0.90 ft on 10/29/1921
(3) -0.82 ft on 09/30/1946
(4) -0.79 ft on 10/09/1947
(5) -0.70 ft on 08/05/1955
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41 Railroad tracks upstream and downstream of County Route 13 bridge floods.
35 Most areas next to river are flooded.
30 Homes, just above county route 13 bridge and along Hairdo Lane are flooded. Several houses in Charlton Heights approximatly 2 miles downstream from the County Route 13 bridge start to flood.
27 The park, near the water falls, is flooded. Homes, just upstream from the County Route 13 bridge, start to flood. Several houses in Charlton Heights approximatly 2 miles downstream from the County Route 13 bridge begin to be affected by water.
25 Low lying areas near the river in Kanawha Falls and Glen Ferris start to have water problems.
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Latitude: 38.138056° N, Longitude: 81.214444° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 27 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 620.4 ft 647.39 ft Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 Not Available Not Available 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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Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

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