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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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Black Warrior River at Cordova Stage (ft)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesCRDA1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (3:45AM Apr 22, 2019)ObservedLatest observed value: 12.75 ft at 10:15 PM CDT 18-Apr-2019. Flood Stage is 22 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: Gauge reading affected by reservoir operations.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Black Warrior River at Cordova 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: 28
Moderate Flood Stage: 24
Flood Stage: 22
Action Stage: 18
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 39.80 ft on 03/30/1951
(2) 27.50 ft on 02/23/1961
(3) 24.70 ft on 01/07/2009
(4) 24.27 ft on 02/17/1990
(5) 23.83 ft on 12/27/2015 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 23.83 ft on 12/27/2015 (P)
(2) 14.91 ft on 01/12/2012
(3) 18.74 ft on 03/10/2011
(4) 17.72 ft on 05/03/2010
(5) 24.70 ft on 01/07/2009
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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40 The Vulcan Asphalt Plant is totally inundated with major flooding.
36 The River Road bridge at the Vulcan Asphalt Plant begins to flood with most of the plant inundated.
34 Flooding of the Vulcan Asphalt office basement and lower parking lot occurs. Widespread flooding of the Vulcan Asphalt storage tank area occurs.
29 Water reaches the basement level of the Vulcan Asphalt office building and overflows portions of the lower storage tank area west of River Road.
28.5 Flooding of industries in the area increases sharply as the river level continues to rise.
28 Flooding of industries in the area increases. The highest levels of Barney Loop Road become inundated with significant flooding of homes in the area.
26 Water reaches the floor level of the building of the BAE Facility downstream of Cordova...and flooding increases there as levels continue to rise. Water begins to reach some homes near Frog Ague Creek along the southern fringes of Cordova.
24 The outlet valve at the Vulcan Asphalt Plant is overtopped. Some flooding of the Vulcan Asphalt Plant may occur and some low lying areas and homes on Cain Creek and in the Barney and Dovertown areas become cutoff.
22 Flooding of dock and boat houses in the Barney Beach and Dovertown areas increases. A few secondary roads in the area begin to flood.
20 Bankfull Stage. Some minor overflow in the area may occur...especially in low lying areas downstream of the railroad bridge at Cordova. Water begins to overflow the river bank of the BAE facility just downstream of Cordova. Portions of Gross Camp and Bagget Camp in the Copeland Ferry and Underwood Ferry areas are flooded.
18 Caution Stage. Low lying banks in areas downstream of Cordova begin to overflow...including the Barney Beach...Copeland Ferry and Underwood Ferry areas. Docks also begin to be impacted in these areas.
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Latitude: 33.757500° N, Longitude: 87.170278° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 22 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 29 243.6 ft 243.6 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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