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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Ohio River at Cannelton Lock and Dam are issued routinely year-round.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Tell City
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 50
Moderate Flood Stage: 46
Flood Stage: 42
Action Stage: 40
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 60.80 ft on 01/27/1937
(2) 54.40 ft on 03/08/1945
(3) 53.90 ft on 03/08/1964
(4) 53.80 ft on 04/01/1913
(5) 52.42 ft on 03/08/1997
(6) 51.30 ft on 04/20/1948
(7) 50.68 ft on 02/27/2018
(8) 49.30 ft on 04/28/2011
(9) 49.08 ft on 12/15/1978
(10) 48.90 ft on 03/24/1943
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 46.12 ft on 03/07/2021 (P)
(2) 44.53 ft on 02/17/2020
(3) 44.91 ft on 02/28/2019
(4) 46.45 ft on 02/15/2019
(5) 50.68 ft on 02/27/2018
(6) 42.97 ft on 12/30/2015
(7) 42.30 ft on 04/18/2015
(8) 47.33 ft on 03/17/2015
(9) 49.30 ft on 04/28/2011
(10) 45.32 ft on 03/15/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 9.00 ft on 09/16/1985
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63 Water reaches top of the levee at Hawesville KY. Large sections of highways 66 and 60 are closed.
51 Locks are closed. Large sections large of highway 66 flood. Highway 60 floods between Cloverport and Hawesville.
42 Agricultural flooding begins near Cloverport and Cannelton. Highway 66 floods near Derby and Dexter. Rocky Point Girl Scout camp is affected.
39 Highway 66 floods near Derby - Dexter area.
(1) Gauge House
(2) Lower Staff Gauge
(3) Precipitation Gauges
(4) Lock Office
(5) Looking Upstream
(6) Tainter Gates from Pool
(7) Tainter Gates from Tailwater
(8) Closeup of Tainter Gate From Tailwater
(9) Upper Gate From Pool
(10) Upper Gate From Chamber
(11) Lock Chamber
(12) KY Shore
(13) Lower Gate
(14) Looking Downstream
(15) Incoming Barge

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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) River Forecast VS. River Potential
HEFS Ensemble NAEFS Ensemble River Forecast vs Potential

Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

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