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Cheat River at Parsons Old Gage Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesPSXW2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (2:32PM Sep 15, 2019)Flood Stage is 16 ft
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NOTE: This river gauge will be discontinued soon and data will no longer be available.

NOTE: Forecasts are not available for the Cheat River at Parsons Old Gage. Only observed stages are available for this point.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 16
Action Stage: 12.9
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

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24.3 Water levels reach the historic Election Day Flood of November 5, 1985.
22.5 Most of Parsons east of Chestnut Street and US Route 219 is flooded. Water reaches the road deck on the US Route 219 and State Highway 72 bridge on the Black Fork. Water treatment plant begins to flood.
21 Several feet of water covers many areas in Parsons. Water begins to affect Main Street as well as Mill and Virginia Streets. Water reaches road deck of the US Route 219 and State Highway 72 bridge on the Shavers Fork. Water reaches the lowest bridge girders on the US Route 219 and State Highway 72 bridge on the Black Fork. Approaches to both bridges flooded.
20 Roughly half of Parsons is flooded. Nearly 4 feet of water affects portions of Water Street, Walnut Street, 4th Street, River Avenue and Buchanan Street. Water gets close to the road deck of the US Route 219 and State Highway 72 bridge on the Shavers Fork. Parsons Nursery flooded.
19.8 Water levels reach the flood levels of the flood of January 19, 1996.
19 Nearly 3 feet of water covers sections of the lower end of 4th street. Widespread flooding occurs in the low sections of Parsons east of Walnut Street and east of Main Street/US Route 219 in the southern part of Parsons. Flooding also occurs along Pennsylvania Avenue. Water reaches the lowest bridge girders on the US Route 219 and State Highway 72 bridge on the Shavers Fork and the approach to bridge flooded. Parsons Nursery begins to flood.
18.97 Water levels reach the flood levels of the flood of February 9, 1994.
18 Water begins to flood low lying sections of Parsons along Walnut, 2nd, 3rd and Water Streets and in the south end of Parsons, Poplar and Missouri Streets. Flooding also occurs along areas near River Avenue, Currance Street and around the Parsons Nursery.
17 Flooding affects portions of Water Street, Walnut Street, 4th Street, River Avenue and Buchanan Street.
16.7 Water levels reach the flood levels of the flood of February 19, 2000.
16 Water floods areas of 4th Street, Water Street and Central Avenue.
15 Water covers much of Parsons City Park closest to Shavers Fork and back yards of homes on lower end of 4th Street.
12.9 Water affects the low end of Parsons City Park closest to the Shavers Fork.
11.79 Water reaches the level reached on March 5, 2015.
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Latitude: 39.122778° N, Longitude: 79.681389° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 16 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
Elevation
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 1589.93 1605.93 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 1589.66 1605.66  

Current/Historical Observations:

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NOTICE: Due to extensive deterioration of the old Parsons gage structure, a new gage and shelter has been installed 1700 feet upstream of the current location on the Holly Meadows Bridge. The new gage became operational October 31,2016. A stage-discharge rating is available below for the new gaging location comparing it to the old gage. There is not a direct relationship to the stage at the this gage compared to this old gage. The relationship varies based on the stage. In addition, the flood stage at the Holly Meadows bridge is different than the old gage. Below you can see the current flood stage and compare it to the old gage..

Current Gage Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 23.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 21.5
Flood Stage: 18.5
Action Stage: 15.1

Old Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 16
Action Stage: 12.9

Gauge Height Relationship:
Old Gauge vs Current Gauge

Old Parson
River Gauge

Stage (ft)

Current Parsons River Gauge
on Holly Meadows Bridge

Equivalent Stage (ft)

2.0 2.4
3.0 3.4
4.0 4.5
5.0 5.7
6.0 6.9
7.0 8.0
8.0 9.2
9.0 10.4
10.0 11.6
11.0 12.9
12.0 14.0
13.0 15.3
14.0 16.4
15.0 17.5
16.0 18.7
17.0 19.8
17.9 21.0
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