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Black Warrior River at Holt Lock and Dam Tailwater (ft)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesTCLA1(plotting HTIRG) Graph Created (11:00PM Apr 20, 2021)Flood Stage is 140 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 Black Warrior River at Holt Lock and Dam 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: 158
Moderate Flood Stage: 148
Flood Stage: 140
Action Stage: 138
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 160.08 ft on 04/13/1979
(2) 156.87 ft on 12/03/1983
(3) 152.30 ft on 03/20/1970
(4) 150.10 ft on 04/04/1977
(5) 149.58 ft on 02/16/1990
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 138.95 ft on 02/22/2019
(2) 145.33 ft on 12/28/2018
(3) 135.72 ft on 04/03/2017
(4) 133.07 ft on 02/24/2016
(5) 142.30 ft on 12/27/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 121.00 ft on 07/13/1974
(2) 122.20 ft on 06/08/1977
(3) 122.90 ft on 09/27/1976
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160 Industrial flooding becomes severe in the area.
146 Industrial flooding becomes more serious as the Black Warrior River continues to rise.
140 Some minor flooding of low-lying areas occurs.
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Latitude: 33.252778° N, Longitude: 87.451389° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 140 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
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(gauge height = flood stage)
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 0 ft 140 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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