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Ohio River at Steubenville Stage (ft)SBVO1(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (12:33AM May 29, 2023)Flood Stage is 36 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 Ohio River at Steubenville are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Upstream Gauge - at New Cumberland Lock and Dam Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Wellsburg
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 40
Moderate Flood Stage: 38
Flood Stage: 36
Action Stage: 25.3
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 44.00 ft on 01/20/1996
(2) 38.10 ft on 01/07/2005
(3) 31.40 ft on 01/18/1976
(4) 24.00 ft on 01/02/1976

(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 38.10 ft on 01/07/2005
(2) 44.00 ft on 01/20/1996
(3) 31.40 ft on 01/18/1976
(4) 24.00 ft on 01/02/1976

(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.00 ft on 01/01/1980

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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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44 Flood of Record estimate based on Wellsburg WV crest on January, 20 1996.
42.6 Water reached the levels reached during the Great Flood of 1913 on March 27, 1913.
38.6 Basements flood on Water Street.
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Latitude: 40.358333° N, Longitude: 80.611111° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 36 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 29 624.400024414062 ft 660.400024414062 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  
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Potential River Levels - Used to
Potential River Levels
Used to Estimate the Chance of Flooding and the Range of Possible River Levels
10 Day (HEFS) 10 Day (NAEFS) 10 Day (GEFS)
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Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

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