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Cheat River at Rowlesburg Stage (ft)Flow (cfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesROWW2(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (10:02PM Sep 16, 2019)Flood Stage is 16 ft
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NOTE: The above river forecast includes future rainfall/snowmelt. Forecast stages may be different if the actual rainfall/snowmelt is different than the forecast rainfall/snowmelt.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Cheat River at Rowlesburg 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: 22
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 16
Action Stage: 12.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 36.90 ft on 11/05/1985
(2) 24.20 ft on 01/19/1996
(3) 23.58 ft on 02/09/1994
(4) 20.94 ft on 05/08/1994
(5) 20.90 ft on 02/19/2000
(6) 19.75 ft on 07/29/2017
(7) 19.50 ft on 07/19/1996
(8) 19.00 ft on 03/20/2002
(9) 18.72 ft on 07/31/1996
(10) 18.71 ft on 03/06/1989
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 19.75 ft on 07/29/2017
(2) 14.80 ft on 03/04/2015
(3) 16.10 ft on 05/16/2014
(4) 17.30 ft on 01/26/2010
(5) 16.00 ft on 04/16/2007
(6) 15.00 ft on 02/06/2004
(7) 16.80 ft on 09/19/2003
(8) 19.00 ft on 03/20/2002
(9) 20.90 ft on 02/19/2000
(10) 17.15 ft on 09/07/1996
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.61 ft on 09/11/1965
(2) 0.62 ft on 09/30/1983
(3) 0.68 ft on 10/24/1963
(4) 0.84 ft on 09/28/1963

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36.9 Water levels reach the historic Election Day Flood of November 5, 1985.
36 With the exception of areas like Oak, Maple and Wilson Streets, the entire town of Rowlesburg is under water. Areas closest to the Cheat River are inundated by up to 20 feet of water.
33 Water reaches the road deck of the Maple Avenue Bridge (Route 51). Backwater flooding occurs on Saltlick Creek upstream from the confluence of the Cheat River.
30 Water surrounds buildings on Maple Avenue (Route 51) east the Maple Avenue Bridge along Saltlick Creek. Parts of East Main Street and Elm Street are covered with 13 feet of water.
28 Water covers the intersection at the east end of the Maple Avenue Bridge with County Route 80/8 and Maple Avenue flooded.
25 Water reaches the lowest bridge girders on both the railroad bridge and the Maple Avenue Bridge (Route 51). Approximately 3 feet of water covers the east end of Main Street and 8 feet of water on Catherine Street (Route 72) near town park.
24.2 Water levels reach the flood levels of the flood of January 19, 1996.
24 Water covers portions of Elm, East Main and Catherine Streets in Rowlesburg and Route 72 both South and North of Rowlesburg. Water covers parts of the intersection of Maple Avenue and County Road 80/8 at the east end of the Maple Avenue Bridge. Downstream in Manheim, Center Avenue floods.
23.58 Water levels reach the flood levels of the flood of February 9, 1994.
22 Route 72 (Buffalo Street) is closed near Feltys Hill at the south end of Rowlesburg. Water approaches the intersection of Maple Street and County Road 80/8 at the east end of the Maple Avenue Bridge.
20 Water flows under houses in low lying areas of Rowlesburg. Water affects homes along Poplar, Elm, Catherine, Diamond, Church, Buffalo and Main Streets. Nearly 3 feet of water covers Rowlesburg Town Park ball fields.
19.75 Water levels reach the flood levels of the flood of July 29, 2017.
18 State route 72 is closed at the north end of Rrowlesburg, and water surrounds houses near Rowlesburg town park.
16 Flooding begins in the Rowlesburg town park.
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Latitude: 39.342222° N, Longitude: 79.670556° 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)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 1368.24 ft 1384.24 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
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