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N.E. Cape Fear River near Chinquapin Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)Highest Observation: 24.96 ft at 6:15PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.95 ft at 6:30PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.94 ft at 6:45PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.93 ft at 7:00PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.88 ft at 7:15PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.88 ft at 7:30PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.86 ft at 7:45PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.86 ft at 8:00PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.82 ft at 8:15PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.81 ft at 8:30PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.79 ft at 8:45PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.77 ft at 9:00PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.76 ft at 9:15PM Sep 20, 2018Observed: 24.75 ft at 9:30PM Sep 20, 2018Highest Forecast: 23.8 ft 8:00AM Sep 21, 2018Forecast: 23.3 ft 2:00PM Sep 21, 2018Forecast: 22.6 ft 8:00PM Sep 21, 2018Forecast: 22 ft 2:00AM Sep 22, 2018Forecast: 21.3 ft 8:00AM Sep 22, 2018Forecast: 20.5 ft 2:00PM Sep 22, 2018Forecast: 19.7 ft 8:00PM Sep 22, 2018Forecast: 18.8 ft 2:00AM Sep 23, 2018Forecast: 17.9 ft 8:00AM Sep 23, 2018Forecast: 16.7 ft 2:00PM Sep 23, 2018Forecast: 15.5 ft 8:00PM Sep 23, 2018Forecast: 14.5 ft 2:00AM Sep 24, 2018Forecast: 13.8 ft 8:00AM Sep 24, 2018Forecast: 13.2 ft 2:00PM Sep 24, 2018Forecast: 12.8 ft 8:00PM Sep 24, 2018Forecast: 12.5 ft 2:00AM Sep 25, 2018Forecast: 12.2 ft 8:00AM Sep 25, 2018Forecast: 12 ft 2:00PM Sep 25, 2018Forecast: 11.7 ft 8:00PM Sep 25, 2018USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesCHIN7(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (3:30AM Sep 21, 2018)ObservedForecast (issued 9:52PM Sep 20)Latest observed value: 24.75 ft at 9:30 PM EDT 20-Sep-2018. Flood Stage is 13 ft
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NOTE: Gauge readings are not available at this time - operating limits of the gage have been exceeded and/or flood water have damaged the gage.

NOTE: Forecasts for the N.E. Cape Fear River near Chinquapin are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 16
Moderate Flood Stage: 15
Flood Stage: 13
Action Stage: 12
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 23.51 ft on 09/18/1999
(2) 22.60 ft on 01/01/1928
(3) 21.80 ft on 01/01/1908
(4) 20.16 ft on 07/07/1962
(5) 19.98 ft on 10/11/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.85 ft on 04/29/2017
(2) 19.98 ft on 10/11/2016
(3) 15.34 ft on 07/04/2013
(4) 12.32 ft on 06/03/2012
(5) 12.98 ft on 08/29/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.00 ft on 06/08/1994
(2) 1.13 ft on 10/13/1995
(3) 1.54 ft on 10/04/1996

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23 Devastating flooding across much of the county. Travel is nearly impossible with numerous roads countywide impassable or washed out. Many homes across the county are inundated.
20 Widespread flooding over much of the county. Many roads flooded and impassable including Highways 41 and 50 and Interstate 40. Numerous homes and communities near the river are surrounded by water.
17 Numerous roads flooded. Water floods Highways 41 and 50, and parts of Interstate 40. Areas many miles from the river are flooded due to tributaries backing up.
16 Many secondary roads are flooded. Water affects Highways 41 and 50 and travel delays are likely. Areas many miles from the river are affected as small streams backup and flood. Muddy Creek, Cypress Creek, and Island Creek flood areas around Chinquapin. Significant flooding in the River Landing community in Wallace occurs as well.
15 Secondary roads adjacent to the river flood and may be impassable. Tributaries that drain into the river flood secondary roads. Water surrounds homes and properties in the River Landing community in Wallace.
13 Low land flooding adjacent to the river and its tributaries is expected. Tributaries of the Northeast Cape Fear River likely produce low land flooding.
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Latitude: 34.828889° N, Longitude: 77.832222° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 13 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 17.28 ft 30.28 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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