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Ohio River at Cairo Stage (ft)Observed: 26.22 ft at 6:00AM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.23 ft at 7:00AM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.25 ft at 8:00AM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.27 ft at 9:00AM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.29 ft at 10:00AM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.3 ft at 11:00AM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.32 ft at 12:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.34 ft at 1:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.36 ft at 2:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.38 ft at 3:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.39 ft at 4:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.41 ft at 5:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.42 ft at 6:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.42 ft at 7:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.43 ft at 8:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.44 ft at 9:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.46 ft at 10:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.47 ft at 11:00PM Jun 05, 2021Observed: 26.47 ft at 12:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.47 ft at 1:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.49 ft at 2:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.5 ft at 3:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.51 ft at 4:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.52 ft at 5:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.53 ft at 6:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.54 ft at 7:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.56 ft at 8:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.57 ft at 9:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.58 ft at 10:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.6 ft at 11:00AM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.6 ft at 12:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.62 ft at 1:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.63 ft at 2:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.66 ft at 3:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.66 ft at 4:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.65 ft at 5:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.64 ft at 6:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.63 ft at 7:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.61 ft at 8:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.6 ft at 9:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.58 ft at 10:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.56 ft at 11:00PM Jun 06, 2021Observed: 26.53 ft at 12:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.5 ft at 1:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.48 ft at 2:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.45 ft at 3:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.43 ft at 4:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.41 ft at 5:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.38 ft at 6:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.35 ft at 7:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.32 ft at 8:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.28 ft at 9:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.26 ft at 10:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.24 ft at 11:00AM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.22 ft at 12:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.2 ft at 1:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.18 ft at 2:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.15 ft at 3:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.13 ft at 4:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.09 ft at 5:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.07 ft at 6:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.04 ft at 7:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 26.01 ft at 8:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 25.98 ft at 9:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 25.96 ft at 10:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 25.93 ft at 11:00PM Jun 07, 2021Observed: 25.91 ft at 12:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.88 ft at 1:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.86 ft at 2:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.83 ft at 3:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.81 ft at 4:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.78 ft at 5:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.75 ft at 6:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.73 ft at 7:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.69 ft at 8:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.65 ft at 9:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.61 ft at 10:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.58 ft at 11:00AM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.55 ft at 12:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.52 ft at 1:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.49 ft at 2:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.44 ft at 3:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.41 ft at 4:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.39 ft at 5:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.37 ft at 6:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.37 ft at 7:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.38 ft at 8:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.4 ft at 9:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.42 ft at 10:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.45 ft at 11:00PM Jun 08, 2021Observed: 25.48 ft at 12:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.51 ft at 1:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.56 ft at 2:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.59 ft at 3:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.63 ft at 4:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.66 ft at 5:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.7 ft at 6:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.73 ft at 7:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.76 ft at 8:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.79 ft at 9:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.82 ft at 10:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.84 ft at 11:00AM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 25.88 ft at 12:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.04 ft at 1:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.23 ft at 2:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.38 ft at 3:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.48 ft at 4:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.56 ft at 5:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.62 ft at 6:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.66 ft at 7:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.69 ft at 8:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.72 ft at 9:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.74 ft at 10:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.75 ft at 11:00PM Jun 09, 2021Observed: 26.77 ft at 12:00AM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.79 ft at 1:00AM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.8 ft at 2:00AM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.81 ft at 3:00AM Jun 10, 2021Highest Observation: 26.82 ft at 4:00AM Jun 10, 2021Highest Observation: 26.82 ft at 5:00AM Jun 10, 2021Highest Observation: 26.82 ft at 6:00AM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.81 ft at 7:00AM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.8 ft at 8:00AM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.79 ft at 9:00AM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.78 ft at 10:00AM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.77 ft at 11:00AM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.75 ft at 12:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.74 ft at 1:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.73 ft at 2:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.71 ft at 3:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.69 ft at 4:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.68 ft at 5:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.66 ft at 6:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.63 ft at 7:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.6 ft at 8:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.58 ft at 9:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.56 ft at 10:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.54 ft at 11:00PM Jun 10, 2021Observed: 26.52 ft at 12:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.51 ft at 1:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.5 ft at 2:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.49 ft at 3:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.48 ft at 4:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.48 ft at 5:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.47 ft at 6:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.47 ft at 7:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.46 ft at 8:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.47 ft at 9:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.48 ft at 10:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.5 ft at 11:00AM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.51 ft at 12:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.52 ft at 1:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.54 ft at 2:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.55 ft at 3:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.57 ft at 4:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.58 ft at 5:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.6 ft at 6:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.62 ft at 7:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.64 ft at 8:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.65 ft at 9:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.67 ft at 10:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.68 ft at 11:00PM Jun 11, 2021Observed: 26.7 ft at 12:00AM Jun 12, 2021Observed: 26.71 ft at 1:00AM Jun 12, 2021Observed: 26.72 ft at 2:00AM Jun 12, 2021Observed: 26.73 ft at 3:00AM Jun 12, 2021Observed: 26.73 ft at 4:00AM Jun 12, 2021Observed: 26.74 ft at 5:00AM Jun 12, 2021Forecast: 26.6 ft 7:00AM Jun 12, 2021Forecast: 26.7 ft 1:00PM Jun 12, 2021Highest Forecast: 26.8 ft 7:00PM Jun 12, 2021Highest Forecast: 26.8 ft 1:00AM Jun 13, 2021Highest Forecast: 26.8 ft 7:00AM Jun 13, 2021Highest Forecast: 26.8 ft 1:00PM Jun 13, 2021Highest Forecast: 26.8 ft 7:00PM Jun 13, 2021Highest Forecast: 26.8 ft 1:00AM Jun 14, 2021Highest Forecast: 26.8 ft 7:00AM Jun 14, 2021Highest Forecast: 26.8 ft 1:00PM Jun 14, 2021Forecast: 26.7 ft 7:00PM Jun 14, 2021Forecast: 26.6 ft 1:00AM Jun 15, 2021Forecast: 26.5 ft 7:00AM Jun 15, 2021Forecast: 26.4 ft 1:00PM Jun 15, 2021Forecast: 26.4 ft 7:00PM Jun 15, 2021Forecast: 26.2 ft 1:00AM Jun 16, 2021Forecast: 26 ft 7:00AM Jun 16, 2021Forecast: 25.8 ft 1:00PM Jun 16, 2021Forecast: 25.5 ft 7:00PM Jun 16, 2021Forecast: 25.3 ft 1:00AM Jun 17, 2021Forecast: 25 ft 7:00AM Jun 17, 2021Forecast: 24.7 ft 1:00PM Jun 17, 2021Forecast: 24.4 ft 7:00PM Jun 17, 2021Forecast: 24.2 ft 1:00AM Jun 18, 2021Forecast: 23.9 ft 7:00AM Jun 18, 2021Forecast: 23.6 ft 1:00PM Jun 18, 2021Forecast: 23.4 ft 7:00PM Jun 18, 2021Forecast: 23.1 ft 1:00AM Jun 19, 2021Forecast: 22.9 ft 7:00AM Jun 19, 2021Forecast: 22.6 ft 1:00PM Jun 19, 2021Forecast: 22.4 ft 7:00PM Jun 19, 2021Forecast: 22.1 ft 1:00AM Jun 20, 2021Forecast: 21.9 ft 7:00AM Jun 20, 2021Forecast: 21.6 ft 1:00PM Jun 20, 2021Forecast: 21.4 ft 7:00PM Jun 20, 2021Forecast: 21.1 ft 1:00AM Jun 21, 2021Forecast: 20.9 ft 7:00AM Jun 21, 2021Forecast: 20.6 ft 1:00PM Jun 21, 2021Forecast: 20.4 ft 7:00PM Jun 21, 2021Forecast: 20.1 ft 1:00AM Jun 22, 2021Forecast: 19.9 ft 7:00AM Jun 22, 2021Forecast: 19.6 ft 1:00PM Jun 22, 2021Forecast: 19.5 ft 7:00PM Jun 22, 2021Forecast: 19.3 ft 1:00AM Jun 23, 2021Forecast: 19.1 ft 7:00AM Jun 23, 2021Forecast: 18.9 ft 1:00PM Jun 23, 2021Forecast: 18.8 ft 7:00PM Jun 23, 2021Forecast: 18.6 ft 1:00AM Jun 24, 2021Forecast: 18.5 ft 7:00AM Jun 24, 2021Forecast: 18.4 ft 1:00PM Jun 24, 2021Forecast: 18.2 ft 7:00PM Jun 24, 2021Forecast: 18.1 ft 1:00AM Jun 25, 2021Forecast: 18 ft 7:00AM Jun 25, 2021Forecast: 17.9 ft 1:00PM Jun 25, 2021Forecast: 17.7 ft 7:00PM Jun 25, 2021Forecast: 17.6 ft 1:00AM Jun 26, 2021CIRI2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (5:47AM Jun 12, 2021)ObservedForecast (issued 9:59AM Jun 11)Latest observed value: 26.74 ft at 5:00 AM CDT 12-Jun-2021. Flood Stage is 40 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 Ohio River at Cairo are issued routinely year-round.

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Upstream Gauge - at Olmsted Lock and Dam Tailwater Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - above Wickliffe
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 53
Moderate Flood Stage: 47
Flood Stage: 40
Action Stage: 32
Low Stage (in feet): 9.4

Historic Crests
(1) 61.72 ft on 05/02/2011
(2) 59.50 ft on 02/03/1937
(3) 56.50 ft on 04/03/1975
(4) 56.40 ft on 04/20/1927
(5) 56.20 ft on 03/11/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 46.74 ft on 06/01/2020
(2) 44.72 ft on 05/01/2020
(3) 52.64 ft on 03/31/2020
(4) 51.60 ft on 02/22/2020
(5) 49.46 ft on 01/16/2020
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -1.00 ft on 12/24/1871
(2) 0.30 ft on 12/30/1876
(3) 1.10 ft on 01/01/1877
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65 The river will reach the top of the protection at Mounds and Mound City.
64 The river will reach the top of the protection of Cairo.
61.72 This flood will exceed the highest stage on record.
56 U.S. Highway 51 near Wickliffe is flooded.
50 The first gate is closed at Cairo.
40 Minor flooding occurs affecting mainly agricultural bottomland and low lying areas.
32 Cairo begins pumping operations.
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(1) Gage House
(2) Ohio River Downstream
(3) Confluence Looking Toward Cairo
(4) Confluence at Fort Defiance
(5) Confluence Looking Up Mississippi
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Latitude: 37.000000° N, Longitude: 89.162500° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 40 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
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NAVD88 270.87 310.87 Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 270.47 310.47 Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other 270.9 ft 310.9 ft Ohio River Datum
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