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Cahaba River at Centreville Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 9.37 ft at 9:00PM Apr 17, 2018Observed: 9.2 ft at 10:00PM Apr 17, 2018Observed: 9.03 ft at 11:00PM Apr 17, 2018Observed: 8.88 ft at 12:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 8.75 ft at 1:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 8.63 ft at 2:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 8.5 ft at 3:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 8.4 ft at 4:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 8.27 ft at 5:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 8.17 ft at 6:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 8.07 ft at 7:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.95 ft at 8:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.87 ft at 9:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.78 ft at 10:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.72 ft at 11:00AM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.65 ft at 12:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.53 ft at 1:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.49 ft at 2:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.37 ft at 3:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.35 ft at 4:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.29 ft at 5:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.21 ft at 6:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.17 ft at 7:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.07 ft at 8:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 7.01 ft at 9:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 6.96 ft at 10:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 6.89 ft at 11:00PM Apr 18, 2018Observed: 6.83 ft at 12:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.77 ft at 1:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.71 ft at 2:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.64 ft at 3:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.59 ft at 4:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.53 ft at 5:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.47 ft at 6:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.43 ft at 7:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.37 ft at 8:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.32 ft at 9:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.28 ft at 10:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.22 ft at 11:00AM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.16 ft at 12:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.09 ft at 1:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.06 ft at 2:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 6.04 ft at 3:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 5.99 ft at 4:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 5.95 ft at 5:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 5.88 ft at 6:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 5.78 ft at 7:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 5.8 ft at 8:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 5.76 ft at 9:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 5.71 ft at 10:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 5.67 ft at 11:00PM Apr 19, 2018Observed: 5.62 ft at 12:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.57 ft at 1:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.53 ft at 2:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.5 ft at 3:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.46 ft at 4:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.42 ft at 5:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.37 ft at 6:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.33 ft at 7:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.28 ft at 8:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.25 ft at 9:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.2 ft at 10:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.16 ft at 11:00AM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.12 ft at 12:00PM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.05 ft at 1:00PM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 5.03 ft at 2:00PM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 4.97 ft at 3:00PM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 4.96 ft at 4:00PM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 4.9 ft at 5:00PM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 4.87 ft at 6:00PM Apr 20, 2018Observed: 4.84 ft at 7:00PM Apr 20, 2018USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesCKLA1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (8:30PM Apr 20, 2018)ObservedLatest observed value: 4.84 ft at 7:00 PM CDT 20-Apr-2018. Flood Stage is 23 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 48 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Cahaba River at Centreville are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 42
Moderate Flood Stage: 36
Flood Stage: 23
Action Stage: 23
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 37.80 ft on 07/08/1916
(2) 36.60 ft on 04/08/1938
(3) 35.40 ft on 02/23/1961
(4) 35.30 ft on 03/29/1951
(5) 35.03 ft on 04/13/1979
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 26.90 ft on 06/24/2017 (P)
(2) 26.06 ft on 02/03/2016 (P)
(3) 24.38 ft on 12/26/2015 (P)
(4) 32.23 ft on 04/07/2014 (P)
(5) 27.56 ft on 03/10/2011 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -0.35 ft on 10/24/1904
(2) -0.35 ft on 10/25/1904
(3) -0.35 ft on 10/26/1904
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36 Some residential flooding may occur in the Centreville area.
30 Considerable flooding of farm and pasture lands in the area occurs...and cattle may need to be moved to higher ground.
23 Pasture lands begin to flood in the Centreville area.
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1000 CFS Minimum flow needed to float lower portions of the Cahaba River including the Hargrove Shoals area inside the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge without scraping the boat along the bottom.
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Latitude: 32.945000° N, Longitude: 87.139167° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 23 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available 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 180.74 ft 203.74 ft  

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