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Ohio River at Shawneetown Stage (ft)Highest Forecast: 21.3 ft 7:00AM May 23, 2024Forecast: 21.2 ft 1:00PM May 23, 2024Forecast: 21 ft 7:00PM May 23, 2024Forecast: 20.6 ft 1:00AM May 24, 2024Forecast: 20.1 ft 7:00AM May 24, 2024Forecast: 19.8 ft 1:00PM May 24, 2024Forecast: 19.6 ft 7:00PM May 24, 2024Forecast: 19.4 ft 1:00AM May 25, 2024Forecast: 19.3 ft 7:00AM May 25, 2024Forecast: 19.2 ft 1:00PM May 25, 2024Forecast: 19 ft 7:00PM May 25, 2024Forecast: 18.9 ft 1:00AM May 26, 2024Forecast: 18.8 ft 7:00AM May 26, 2024Forecast: 18.6 ft 1:00PM May 26, 2024Forecast: 18.5 ft 7:00PM May 26, 2024Forecast: 18.5 ft 1:00AM May 27, 2024Forecast: 18.5 ft 7:00AM May 27, 2024Forecast: 18.4 ft 1:00PM May 27, 2024Forecast: 18.3 ft 7:00PM May 27, 2024Forecast: 18.2 ft 1:00AM May 28, 2024Forecast: 18.1 ft 7:00AM May 28, 2024Forecast: 18 ft 1:00PM May 28, 2024Forecast: 17.8 ft 7:00PM May 28, 2024Forecast: 17.7 ft 1:00AM May 29, 2024Forecast: 17.5 ft 7:00AM May 29, 2024Forecast: 17.4 ft 1:00PM May 29, 2024Forecast: 17.3 ft 7:00PM May 29, 2024Forecast: 17.2 ft 1:00AM May 30, 2024Forecast: 17.1 ft 7:00AM May 30, 2024Forecast: 17 ft 1:00PM May 30, 2024Forecast: 16.9 ft 7:00PM May 30, 2024Forecast: 16.9 ft 1:00AM May 31, 2024Forecast: 16.8 ft 7:00AM May 31, 2024Forecast: 16.8 ft 1:00PM May 31, 2024Forecast: 16.7 ft 7:00PM May 31, 2024Forecast: 16.7 ft 1:00AM Jun 01, 2024Forecast: 16.7 ft 7:00AM Jun 01, 2024USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesSHNI2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (1:47AM May 23, 2024)Forecast (issued 9:05AM May 22)Flood Stage is 33 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 Shawneetown are issued routinely year-round.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 53
Moderate Flood Stage: 43
Flood Stage: 33
Action Stage: 30
Low Stage (in feet): 15

Historic Crests
(1) 65.64 ft on 01/30/1937
(2) 56.36 ft on 05/06/2011
(3) 55.60 ft on 03/14/1945
(4) 55.30 ft on 01/19/1950
(5) 54.60 ft on 03/20/1964
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 37.29 ft on 03/31/2023
(2) 34.32 ft on 02/23/2023
(3) 44.49 ft on 03/04/2022
(4) 35.81 ft on 02/11/2022
(5) 39.62 ft on 01/10/2022
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 14.08 ft on 08/27/2006
(2) 14.10 ft on 10/07/2023
(3) 14.11 ft on 10/16/2022
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65.64 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.
60 The top of the protection is reached in Shawneetown.
52 Several rural roads and houses are isolated.
43 Several county roads are closed.
33 Minor flooding occurs affecting mainly bottomland and surrounding low lying areas.
26 The boat ramp and parking lot at Old Shawneetown are under water.
(1) Public Boat Ramp and Parking Lot
(2) Ohio River Upstream
(3) Ohio River Downstream
(4) Kentucky Bank
(5) Incline Gage at Boat Ramp
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Latitude: 37.691944° N, Longitude: 88.133333° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 33 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 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other 309.07 ft 342.07 ft Ohio River Datum

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