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Tallapoosa River at Wadley Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Observed: 4.4 ft at 2:00AM May 31, 2023Observed: 4.19 ft at 2:30AM May 31, 2023Observed: 4.01 ft at 3:00AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.85 ft at 3:30AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.71 ft at 4:00AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.58 ft at 4:30AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.47 ft at 5:00AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.37 ft at 5:30AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.29 ft at 6:00AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.22 ft at 6:30AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.15 ft at 7:00AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.1 ft at 7:30AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.05 ft at 8:00AM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.01 ft at 8:30AM May 31, 2023Observed: 2.98 ft at 9:00AM May 31, 2023Observed: 2.95 ft at 9:30AM May 31, 2023Observed: 2.92 ft at 10:00AM May 31, 2023Observed: 2.9 ft at 10:30AM May 31, 2023Observed: 2.88 ft at 11:00AM May 31, 2023Observed: 2.87 ft at 11:30AM May 31, 2023Observed: 2.99 ft at 12:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.45 ft at 12:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.78 ft at 1:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.89 ft at 1:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.87 ft at 2:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.8 ft at 2:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.69 ft at 3:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.59 ft at 3:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.49 ft at 4:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.4 ft at 4:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.33 ft at 5:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.32 ft at 5:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.56 ft at 6:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.85 ft at 6:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.98 ft at 7:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.98 ft at 7:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.91 ft at 8:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.81 ft at 8:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 3.7 ft at 9:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 4.5 ft at 9:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 6.61 ft at 10:00PM May 31, 2023Highest Observation: 7.29 ft at 10:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 7.27 ft at 11:00PM May 31, 2023Observed: 6.95 ft at 11:30PM May 31, 2023Observed: 6.52 ft at 12:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 6.09 ft at 12:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 5.68 ft at 1:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 5.31 ft at 1:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 4.99 ft at 2:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 4.71 ft at 2:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 4.46 ft at 3:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 4.25 ft at 3:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 4.05 ft at 4:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.6 ft at 5:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.48 ft at 6:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.38 ft at 6:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.3 ft at 7:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.22 ft at 7:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.16 ft at 8:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.1 ft at 8:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.05 ft at 9:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.01 ft at 9:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 2.97 ft at 10:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 2.94 ft at 10:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 2.91 ft at 11:00AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 2.89 ft at 11:30AM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3 ft at 12:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.42 ft at 12:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.76 ft at 1:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.87 ft at 1:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.85 ft at 2:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.78 ft at 2:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.68 ft at 3:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.57 ft at 3:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.48 ft at 4:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.32 ft at 5:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.6 ft at 6:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.9 ft at 6:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 4.01 ft at 7:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 4 ft at 7:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.92 ft at 8:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.81 ft at 8:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 3.69 ft at 9:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 4.51 ft at 9:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 6.61 ft at 10:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 7.25 ft at 10:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 7.19 ft at 11:00PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 6.87 ft at 11:30PM Jun 01, 2023Observed: 6.43 ft at 12:00AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 6 ft at 12:30AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 5.61 ft at 1:00AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 4.66 ft at 2:30AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 4.42 ft at 3:00AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.85 ft at 4:30AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.7 ft at 5:00AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.57 ft at 5:30AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.46 ft at 6:00AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.36 ft at 6:30AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.27 ft at 7:00AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.2 ft at 7:30AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.14 ft at 8:00AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.08 ft at 8:30AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.03 ft at 9:00AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 2.99 ft at 9:30AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 2.95 ft at 10:00AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 2.92 ft at 10:30AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.13 ft at 11:00AM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 4.81 ft at 12:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 4.67 ft at 1:00PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 4.11 ft at 2:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.94 ft at 3:00PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.79 ft at 3:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.65 ft at 4:00PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.53 ft at 4:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.43 ft at 5:00PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.44 ft at 5:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.68 ft at 6:00PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.92 ft at 6:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 4.01 ft at 7:00PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.98 ft at 7:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.9 ft at 8:00PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.79 ft at 8:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.68 ft at 9:00PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.57 ft at 9:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.46 ft at 10:00PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 3.64 ft at 10:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 5.58 ft at 11:00PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 6.22 ft at 11:30PM Jun 02, 2023Observed: 6.12 ft at 12:00AM Jun 03, 2023USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesWDLA1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (1:45AM Jun 3, 2023)ObservedLatest observed value: 6.12 ft at 12:00 AM CDT 3-Jun-2023. Flood Stage is 13 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 Tallapoosa River at Wadley 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: 30
Moderate Flood Stage: 20
Flood Stage: 13
Action Stage: 13
Low Flow (in CFS): 45

Historic Crests
(1) 37.30 ft on 05/08/2003
(2) 30.57 ft on 04/14/1979
(3) 27.90 ft on 02/05/1936
(4) 26.72 ft on 03/17/1990
(5) 26.54 ft on 03/16/1976
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.88 ft on 03/27/2023 (P)
(2) 13.57 ft on 04/06/2022
(3) 13.67 ft on 02/04/2022
(4) 14.09 ft on 01/24/2019
(5) 14.24 ft on 12/29/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 2.00 ft on 10/02/1954

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35 The east end of the Highway 22 bridge begins to flood. Water reaches the store/gas station on Highway 22 just west of town.
32 Portions of Highway 22 southwest of Wadley are flooded.
30 Some flooding of businessess...including Plantation Patterns...occurs in the Wadley area.
20 Some flooding occurs in lower lying areas around Wadley. Between 22 and 25 feet the bridge over Beaverdam Creek floods.
18 Flooding of low lying farm and bottom lands increases and cattle and farm equipment should be moved to higher ground.
13 Flooding of pasture lands in the area occurs and cattle and farm equipment should be moved to higher ground if higher stages are forecast.
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45 CFS R.L. Harris dam (15 miles upstream) operated to provide a minimum flow of 45 cfs at Wadley.
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Latitude: 33.116667° N, Longitude: 85.560833° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 13 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 29 599.87 ft 612.87 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
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