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Ohio River at Owensboro Stage (ft)Observed: 19.1 ft at 5:03AM Oct 17, 2020Observed: 19.3 ft at 4:51AM Oct 20, 2020Observed: 19.3 ft at 5:25AM Oct 21, 2020Highest Observation: 19.4 ft at 3:57AM Oct 22, 2020Observed: 19.1 ft at 4:19AM Oct 23, 2020OWBK2(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (3:47AM Oct 24, 2020)ObservedLatest observed value: 19.1 ft at 4:19 AM CDT 23-Oct-2020. 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 Owensboro 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: 49
Moderate Flood Stage: 44
Flood Stage: 40
Action Stage: 35
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 54.80 ft on 01/29/1937
(2) 49.70 ft on 03/11/1945
(3) 49.50 ft on 03/15/1964
(4) 49.30 ft on 04/01/1913
(5) 49.00 ft on 03/09/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 44.50 ft on 02/17/2019
(2) 41.50 ft on 04/07/2018
(3) 47.30 ft on 02/28/2018
(4) 41.40 ft on 12/31/2015
(5) 44.90 ft on 03/17/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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54.8 This flood will exceed the highest stage on record. Large amounts of property damage can be expected. Evacuation of many homes and businesses becomes necessary.
50 Moderate flooding occurs affecting the lowest land in Owensboro well back from the river due to sewers backing up.
44 Parts of Smothers Park may flood.
41 Minor flooding occurs affecting mainly bottomland and surrounding low lying areas.
35 Bottomland begins to flood.
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Latitude: 37.793889° N, Longitude: 87.141389° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 40 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
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(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 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other 339.1 ft 379.1 ft  
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