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Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown Stage (ft)Highest Forecast: 25.4 ft 8:00PM Jun 02, 2020Forecast: 24.8 ft 2:00AM Jun 03, 2020Forecast: 24.3 ft 8:00AM Jun 03, 2020Forecast: 23.7 ft 2:00PM Jun 03, 2020Forecast: 23.1 ft 8:00PM Jun 03, 2020Forecast: 22.7 ft 2:00AM Jun 04, 2020Forecast: 22.3 ft 8:00AM Jun 04, 2020Forecast: 22.1 ft 2:00PM Jun 04, 2020Forecast: 21.9 ft 8:00PM Jun 04, 2020Forecast: 21.7 ft 2:00AM Jun 05, 2020Forecast: 21.6 ft 8:00AM Jun 05, 2020Forecast: 21.4 ft 2:00PM Jun 05, 2020Forecast: 21.3 ft 8:00PM Jun 05, 2020Forecast: 21.1 ft 2:00AM Jun 06, 2020Forecast: 20.9 ft 8:00AM Jun 06, 2020Forecast: 20.7 ft 2:00PM Jun 06, 2020Forecast: 20.4 ft 8:00PM Jun 06, 2020Forecast: 20.2 ft 2:00AM Jun 07, 2020Forecast: 19.9 ft 8:00AM Jun 07, 2020ELZN7(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (2:07PM Jun 2, 2020)ObservedForecast (issued 9:19AM Jun 2)Latest observed value: 23.5 ft at 8:00 AM EDT 27-May-2020. Flood Stage is 25 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Cape Fear River at Elizabethtown are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - at W.O. Huske Lock Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Lock 1
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 47
Moderate Flood Stage: 35
Flood Stage: 25
Action Stage: 20
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 43.20 ft on 09/23/1945
(2) 42.51 ft on 09/21/2018
(3) 39.10 ft on 09/23/1928
(4) 38.90 ft on 10/06/1929
(5) 36.44 ft on 10/11/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 42.51 ft on 09/21/2018
(2) 36.44 ft on 10/11/2016
(3) 25.10 ft on 12/29/2015
(4) 26.20 ft on 03/11/2014
(5) 25.30 ft on 07/15/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 11.30 ft on 07/23/2002
(2) 11.90 ft on 11/14/2001
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47 Flood waters will remain below the bridge on Highway 242 but lower roads along the left bank will of the river experience high water.
43 Considerable flooding will occur along the entire length of the river as well as near the city of Elizabethtown.
38 Flood waters will enter the first floor of the lockmasters residence.
35 Flood waters will reach the home of the lockmaster and will affect low grounds along the length of the river.
30 Flood waters will affect low grounds along the right bank of the river.
27 Floodwaters will affect farmers' fields adjacent to the river requiring the movement of farm equipment to higher ground.
25 Flood waters will reach the top of the navigational lock.
23 River will spread further into low grounds on the left bank.
20 The river will spread into lowlands along the left bank.
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Latitude: 34.626667° N, Longitude: 78.578333° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 25 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 9.55 ft 34.55 ft  
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