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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Southeast River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Black Warrior River at Cordova are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Bankhead Lock and Dam
Zoom Level:14
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 28
Moderate Flood Stage: 24
Flood Stage: 22
Action Stage: 18
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 41.50 ft on 03/14/1909
(2) 39.80 ft on 03/30/1951
(3) 27.50 ft on 02/23/1961
(4) 24.70 ft on 01/07/2009
(5) 24.27 ft on 02/17/1990
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 17.90 ft on 02/22/2019
(2) 19.88 ft on 12/28/2018
(3) 15.60 ft on 04/23/2018
(4) 16.16 ft on 06/30/2017
(5) 16.11 ft on 06/30/2017
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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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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40 The Vulcan Asphalt Plant is totally inundated with major flooding.
36 The River Road bridge at the Vulcan Asphalt Plant begins to flood with most of the plant inundated.
34 Flooding of the Vulcan Asphalt office basement and lower parking lot occurs. Widespread flooding of the Vulcan Asphalt storage tank area occurs.
29 Water reaches the basement level of the Vulcan Asphalt office building and overflows portions of the lower storage tank area west of River Road.
28.5 Flooding of industries in the area increases sharply as the river level continues to rise.
28 Flooding of industries in the area increases. The highest levels of Barney Loop Road become inundated with significant flooding of homes in the area.
26 Water overflows sections of Dr George Weaver Road.
25 Areas along Burnt Cane Creek, Reed's Ferry, River Front Drive and other areas along the banks of Shepards Bend will flood.
24 The outlet valve at the Vulcan Asphalt Plant is overtopped. Some flooding of the Vulcan Asphalt Plant may occur and some low lying areas and homes on Cain Creek and in the Barney and Dovertown areas become cutoff.
22 Flooding of dock and boat houses in the Barney Beach and Dovertown areas increases. A few secondary roads in the area begin to flood.
20 Bankfull Stage. Some minor overflow in the area may occur...especially in low lying areas downstream of the railroad bridge at Cordova. Water begins to overflow the river bank of the BAE facility just downstream of Cordova. Portions of Gross Camp and Bagget Camp in the Copeland Ferry and Underwood Ferry areas are flooded.
18 Caution Stage. Low lying banks in areas downstream of Cordova begin to overflow...including the Barney Beach...Copeland Ferry and Underwood Ferry areas. Docks also begin to be impacted in these areas.

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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) 7 Day (NAEFS) 7 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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