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Calcasieu River near Old Town Bay Stage (ft)Observed: 4.9 ft at 8:00AM Jul 15, 2019Observed: 5.5 ft at 12:20PM Jul 15, 2019Observed: 6.5 ft at 5:00AM Jul 16, 2019Observed: 7.9 ft at 4:00PM Jul 16, 2019Highest Observation: 9 ft at 8:00AM Jul 17, 2019Forecast: 9.3 ft 1:00PM Jul 17, 2019Forecast: 9.4 ft 7:00PM Jul 17, 2019Highest Forecast: 9.5 ft 1:00AM Jul 18, 2019Highest Forecast: 9.5 ft 7:00AM Jul 18, 2019Highest Forecast: 9.5 ft 1:00PM Jul 18, 2019Forecast: 9.3 ft 7:00PM Jul 18, 2019Forecast: 9 ft 1:00AM Jul 19, 2019Forecast: 8.8 ft 7:00AM Jul 19, 2019Forecast: 8.5 ft 1:00PM Jul 19, 2019Forecast: 8.2 ft 7:00PM Jul 19, 2019Forecast: 8 ft 1:00AM Jul 20, 2019Forecast: 7.7 ft 7:00AM Jul 20, 2019Forecast: 7.4 ft 1:00PM Jul 20, 2019Forecast: 7.1 ft 7:00PM Jul 20, 2019Forecast: 6.8 ft 1:00AM Jul 21, 2019Forecast: 6.5 ft 7:00AM Jul 21, 2019Forecast: 6.2 ft 1:00PM Jul 21, 2019Forecast: 6 ft 7:00PM Jul 21, 2019Forecast: 5.8 ft 1:00AM Jul 22, 2019Forecast: 5.6 ft 7:00AM Jul 22, 2019OTBL1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (10:08AM Jul 17, 2019)ObservedForecast (issued 9:29AM Jul 17)Latest observed value: 9 ft at 8:00 AM CDT 17-Jul-2019. 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 near Old Town Bay are issued routinely year-round.

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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): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 16.10 ft on 05/21/1953
(2) 13.90 ft on 07/02/1989
(3) 12.50 ft on 08/10/1940
(4) 11.50 ft on 11/08/2002
(5) 11.20 ft on 09/13/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 10.50 ft on 09/01/2017
(2) 7.40 ft on 05/06/2017
(3) 5.70 ft on 08/22/2016
(4) 4.30 ft on 06/06/2016
(5) 8.00 ft on 03/18/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.00 ft on 03/13/1993
(2) 1.20 ft on 11/11/1983
(3) 1.30 ft on 05/05/1992
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16.1 The river is at its flood of record. Widespread catastrophic flooding will occur.
13.9 Water levels are near those reached during Tropical Storm Allison in 1989. This is the second highest stage on record. Many Road and homes are inundated.
11.5 Water levels are near those reached in november 2002, which is the fourth highest crest on record. Numerous roads, homes and camps near the river are flooded.
11.2 Major flooding can be expected. Water levels are near those reached during the storm surge of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Numerous roads, homes and camps near the river are flooded.
10 Water completely covers Goos Ferry Road all the way to the River Road entrance. Flood water enters lower levels of some elevated homes on Goos Ferry Road. Flooding of White Oak Park occurs.
8 Extensive flooding with water in several homes and camps.
7 Lower end of Pickrel Lane near the river begins to flood. Goos Ferry Road is impassable. Closure of the Calcasieu River to recreational boat traffic is likely from the Saltwater Barrier to the parish line.
6 Goos Ferry Road becomes impassable. Calcasieu River from the Saltwater Barrier to the parish line may be closed to recreational boat traffic.
5 Water over lowest portions of Goos Ferry Road. Cars should be moved to higher ground.
4 Minor flooding of Goos Ferry Road will occur.
3.5 Ponding of water on low spots along Goos Ferry Road will occur.
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Latitude: 30.290278° N, Longitude: 93.144722° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

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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
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 -2.1 ft 1.9 ft Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 -2.3 ft 1.7 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
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