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Congaree River at Carolina Eastman Stage (ft)Flow (cfs)Observed: 102 ft at 7:00AM Nov 21, 2023Highest Observation: 103.2 ft at 7:00AM Nov 22, 2023Observed: 102.8 ft at 7:00AM Nov 23, 2023Observed: 102.5 ft at 7:00AM Nov 24, 2023Observed: 102.3 ft at 7:00AM Nov 25, 2023Observed: 102 ft at 7:00AM Nov 26, 2023Observed: 102.1 ft at 7:00AM Nov 27, 2023Observed: 102 ft at 7:00AM Nov 29, 2023CEAS1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (5:01AM Nov 30, 2023)ObservedLatest observed value: 102 ft at 7:00 AM EST 29-Nov-2023. Flood Stage is 115 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
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 Congaree River at Carolina Eastman are issued routinely year-round.

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Upstream Gauge - at Columbia Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Congaree National Park
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 126
Moderate Flood Stage: 119
Flood Stage: 115
Action Stage: 114
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 126.95 ft on 10/12/1976
(2) 126.90 ft on 02/27/1979
(3) 126.90 ft on 10/05/2015
(4) 126.40 ft on 02/09/2020
(5) 126.00 ft on 03/16/1975
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 119.70 ft on 06/24/2023
(2) 123.10 ft on 04/30/2023
(3) 120.40 ft on 04/10/2023
(4) 118.60 ft on 02/13/2023
(5) 118.50 ft on 01/27/2023
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 100.40 ft on 08/26/2007
(2) 100.40 ft on 08/25/2007
(3) 100.50 ft on 06/20/2008
(4) 100.60 ft on 10/03/2007
(5) 100.70 ft on 09/30/2007
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131 The floor elevation of some major buildings on the Carolina Eastman Facility are flooded. Extensive farmland and lowland flooding occurs south of Columbia to Lake Marion.
127 Portions of the Carolina Eastman facility have to be evacuated.
126 Extensive farmland and lowland flooding will occur south of Columbia to Lake Marion. Water reaches the top of some dikes at the Carolina Eastman Facility.
124 Extensive flooding occurs at the Carolina Eastman Facility with some access roads flooded. Extensive farmland flooding occurs in the area.
119 Extensive flooding occurs in the Congaree National Park. Some area farmland is flooded. Minor flooding occurs at the Carolina Eastman Facility.
115 Flooding occurs in low lying areas of the Carolina Eastman Facility and at the Congaree National Park.
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Latitude: 33.877580° N, Longitude: 81.015610° W, Horizontal Datum: Unknown

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 115 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 0 ft 115 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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