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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Southeast River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Saluda River at Chappells are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - at West Pelzer Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Lake Murray Dam near Irmo
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 26
Moderate Flood Stage: 20
Flood Stage: 14
Action Stage: 13
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 36.70 ft on 08/26/1908
(2) 32.70 ft on 10/02/1929
(3) 32.20 ft on 09/28/1929
(4) 31.60 ft on 09/01/1888
(5) 31.10 ft on 08/17/1928
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 19.02 ft on 06/22/2023
(2) 18.12 ft on 04/29/2023
(3) 15.24 ft on 04/10/2023
(4) 14.21 ft on 01/27/2023
(5) 14.71 ft on 01/26/2023
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.13 ft on 02/24/1997
(2) 0.45 ft on 07/03/1996
(3) 0.50 ft on 10/11/1954
(4) 0.54 ft on 11/07/1993
(5) 0.58 ft on 12/04/2001
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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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26 Flood water threatens SC Highway 34 one mile southwest of Chappells and SC Highway 39 a quarter mile south of Chappells.
21 Extensive flooding occurs. Farmland and river bottomland around and downstream from Chappells become flooded. Much of the Saluda River Campground downstream from Chappells become flooded.
18 The Saluda River Campground including the Campground Store downstream from Chappells becomes flooded. Campers should move to higher ground.
16 Extensive farmland and river bottomland around and downstream from Chappells become flooded.
14 Lowlands around and downstream from Chappells become flooded. Cattle grazing river bottomland should be moved to higher ground.
(1) Hwy. 39 bridge across the Saluda River looking downstream. USGS gaging station along the bridge rail
(2) Looking upstream along the Saluda River from the Hwy. 39 bridge.

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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)
HEFS Ensemble NAEFS Ensemble GEFS Ensemble

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

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Data courtesy of the United States Geological Survey and Dominion Energy.
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