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Calcasieu River at Saltwater Barrier Pool (ft)Observed: 2.1 ft at 5:00AM Apr 14, 2024Observed: 2.4 ft at 5:00AM Apr 15, 2024Observed: 3.5 ft at 5:00AM Apr 16, 2024Highest Observation: 3.6 ft at 5:00AM Apr 17, 2024Highest Observation: 3.6 ft at 5:00AM Apr 18, 2024Forecast: 3.9 ft 1:00PM Apr 18, 2024Highest Forecast: 4.2 ft 7:00PM Apr 18, 2024Forecast: 4.1 ft 1:00AM Apr 19, 2024Forecast: 4.1 ft 7:00AM Apr 19, 2024Forecast: 4 ft 1:00PM Apr 19, 2024Forecast: 4.1 ft 7:00PM Apr 19, 2024Forecast: 3.9 ft 1:00AM Apr 20, 2024Forecast: 4 ft 7:00AM Apr 20, 2024Forecast: 3.8 ft 1:00PM Apr 20, 2024Forecast: 3.9 ft 7:00PM Apr 20, 2024Forecast: 3.7 ft 1:00AM Apr 21, 2024Forecast: 3.8 ft 7:00AM Apr 21, 2024Forecast: 3.6 ft 1:00PM Apr 21, 2024Forecast: 3.7 ft 7:00PM Apr 21, 2024Forecast: 3.4 ft 1:00AM Apr 22, 2024Forecast: 3.6 ft 7:00AM Apr 22, 2024Forecast: 3.4 ft 1:00PM Apr 22, 2024Forecast: 3.5 ft 7:00PM Apr 22, 2024USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesLCHL1(plotting HPIRZ) Graph Created (8:09AM Apr 18, 2024)ObservedForecast (issued 7:37PM Apr 17)Latest observed value: 3.6 ft at 5:00 AM CDT 18-Apr-2024. Flood Stage is 4 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 Calcasieu River at Saltwater Barrier are issued routinely year-round.

Vertical datum height estimated from NGVD29 to NAVD88 using the NGS VERTCON conversion program

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 8
Moderate Flood Stage: 6
Flood Stage: 4
Action Stage: 4
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 13.00 ft on 10/01/1913
(2) 11.00 ft on 09/13/2008
(3) 9.43 ft on 09/24/2005
(4) 9.40 ft on 07/03/1989
(5) 8.95 ft on 12/31/1982
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 7.34 ft on 08/30/2017
(2) 6.82 ft on 05/04/2017 (P)
(3) 4.59 ft on 08/14/2016
(4) 4.24 ft on 06/03/2016
(5) 5.54 ft on 03/10/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -1.64 ft on 01/07/1970
(2) -0.75 ft on 02/03/1970
(3) -0.50 ft on 02/28/1984
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13 The river is at its flood of record. Over half of the city of Lake Charles is flooded.
11 Major flooding occurs. These water levels are near those reached during the storm surge of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Major flooding can be expected in Westlake and Lake Charles with numerous homes inundated.
10 Backwater flooding in the north and east portions of Lake Charles will occur.
8 Major flooding of residential areas near the barrier will occur.
6 Significant flooding of numerous recreational camps and homes will occur. River Road and much of Mims Road are impassable.
5.5 Access roads including River Road in North Lake Charles and Mims Road in Westlake become impassable to some vehicles. In addition flooding of roads along the West Fork of the Calcasieu can be expected. Including South Perkins Ferry Road.
5 River Road in North Lake Charles and Mims Road in Westlake are flooded. Extensive marshland flooding will occur.
4.5 Water covers portions of River Road in north Lake Charles.
4 Minor marshland flooding occurs. Flooding also begins on River Road in north Lake Charles.
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Latitude: 30.253611° N, Longitude: 93.218056° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 4 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
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(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 -0.61 ft 3.39 ft Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 -0.78 ft 3.22 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
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