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Bayou Sara at Saraland Stage (ft)SARA1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (9:15PM Dec 3, 2023)Flood Stage is 4 ft
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NOTE: Gauge reading only in high-water situations.

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 Bayou Sara at Saraland 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: 7.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 5
Flood Stage: 4
Action Stage: 2
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 9.80 ft on 09/28/1998
(2) 9.30 ft on 09/01/2008
(3) 7.90 ft on 02/25/2020
(4) 7.84 ft on 04/26/1979
(5) 7.80 ft on 04/13/1980
(6) 7.50 ft on 04/03/1980
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 4.80 ft on 02/09/2023
(2) 7.00 ft on 08/30/2021
(3) 5.00 ft on 06/20/2021
(4) 4.70 ft on 04/10/2021
(5) 4.50 ft on 02/19/2021
(6) 4.60 ft on 10/29/2020
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.00 ft on 02/02/1990

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14.3 Flooding of the U.S. 43 bridge and the I-65 bridge occur.
11 Extensive flooding will occur along Bayou Sara and Norton Creeks with many bridges flooded.
8.3 Bayou Sara Avenue floods east of gauging site. Numerous houses and streets flood east of the railroad between Bayou Sara and Norton Creek.
7.9 Streets along Bayou Sara flood. Low lying areas along Gunnison Creek in Satuma flood. Above 8 feet, numererous streets and houses east of the railroad between Bayou Sara and Norton Creeks flood.
7.5 Numerous houses flood at 7.5 feet and some evacuations also become necessary.
6 Flooding of residences in the area will occur.
5 Street flooding east of the railroad becomes widespread.
4 Flooding of streets begins.
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Latitude: 30.824999° N, Longitude: 88.069631° 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)
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NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 0 ft 4 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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