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Ohio River at Tell City Stage (ft)Tell City Water PlantTELI3(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (7:11PM Dec 6, 2023)Flood Stage is 38 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 readings may not be available when the Ohio River is below 29 feet at this location.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Ohio River at Tell City are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Upstream Gauge - at Cannelton Lock and Dam Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Owensboro
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 50
Moderate Flood Stage: 44
Flood Stage: 38
Action Stage: 36
Low Stage (in feet): 9.7

Historic Crests
(1) 56.95 ft on 01/29/1937
(2) 53.00 ft on 03/08/1964
(3) 52.00 ft on 03/10/1945
(4) 50.80 ft on 02/15/1884
(5) 50.70 ft on 04/01/1913
(6) 50.40 ft on 03/08/1997
(7) 49.30 ft on 02/27/2018
(8) 49.00 ft on 04/20/1948
(9) 48.00 ft on 04/28/2011
(10) 47.80 ft on 03/06/1962
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 45.00 ft on 03/07/2021 (P)
(2) 43.70 ft on 02/28/2019
(3) 45.00 ft on 02/14/2019
(4) 38.30 ft on 01/29/2019
(5) 38.10 ft on 12/28/2018
(6) 49.30 ft on 02/27/2018
(7) 42.00 ft on 12/30/2015
(8) 41.60 ft on 04/19/2015
(9) 46.10 ft on 03/17/2015
(10) 38.60 ft on 04/06/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.

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60.5 Water reaches top of floodwall in Tell City Indiana and Hawesville Kentucky.
60 Water reaches top of floodwall in Cannelton Indiana.
57 Almost all businesses and one quarter of homes in Tell City flood.
48 Water reaches railroad tracks and starts up Main St. in Tell City.
46.5 Flood gates in Hawesville KY close.
44 Bottomland on both sides floods. Water reaches base of floodwall.
40 Indiana highway 66 closes above Cannelton.
38 Indiana highway 66 floods between Derby and Magnet...Rome and Derby...and at Rocky Point.
35.5 Floodgates begin closing.
(1) Looking downstream
(2) Looking upstream
(3) Sunset Park in front of floodwall
(4) Staff gauge on the floodwall
(5) Upper staff gauge
(6) Middle staff gauge
(7) Lowest staff gauge
(8) Lowest three staff gauges
(9) Kentucky bank looking upstream
(10) Road along the floodwall
(11) Floodwall
(12) Flood gate
(13) Walking path along the river
(14) 1997 Flood crest marker
(15) Past Flood Crests on floodwall
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Latitude: 37.953611° N, Longitude: 86.775278° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 38 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 29 347.62 385.62 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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Potential River Levels - Used to
Potential River Levels
Used to Estimate the Chance of Flooding and the Range of Possible River Levels
10 Day (HEFS) 10 Day (NAEFS) River Forecast VS. River Potential
HEFS Ensemble NAEFS Ensemble River Forecast vs Potential

Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

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