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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Northeast River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Penobscot River at Bangor are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 15
Moderate Flood Stage: 13
Flood Stage: 11.6
Action Stage: 11
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 17.90 ft on 02/02/1976
(2) 13.11 ft on 01/10/2024
(3) 12.10 ft on 04/10/2020
(4) 11.96 ft on 01/13/2024
(5) 11.61 ft on 01/03/2014
(6) 11.59 ft on 02/09/2016
(7) 11.45 ft on 02/19/2011
(8) 11.42 ft on 01/03/2018
(9) 11.32 ft on 01/03/2022
(10) 10.96 ft on 01/02/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 11.96 ft on 01/13/2024
(2) 13.11 ft on 01/10/2024
(3) 10.84 ft on 12/18/2023
(4) 10.89 ft on 11/27/2023
(5) 10.62 ft on 02/20/2023
(6) 10.89 ft on 03/03/2022
(7) 11.32 ft on 01/03/2022
(8) 10.55 ft on 12/14/2020
(9) 12.10 ft on 04/10/2020
(10) 10.64 ft on 04/23/2019
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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21.5 Comparable to the FEMA 0.2 percent flood level. State Road in Bangor flooded north of the hospital. This is an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation. Transportation, communications, water and power severely affected.
17.89 Record flooding similar to Groundhogs Day 1976.
17 Floodwaters enter riverside businesses West of South Main Street in Brewer.
16 Significant flooding in Kenduskeag Plaza in Downeast Bangor. Impacts expanding into multiple commercial buildings in Kenduskeag Plaza with water several feet deep. Front Street near the Bangor Waterfront flooded. Lower industrial sections of Hampden and Brewer flooded with some inundation of storage buildings.
15 Widespread flooding throughout the Kenduskeag Plaza, from above State Street to the Washington Street bridge. Bangor and Brewer riverside parks inundated. Basement flooding possible in Kenduskeag Plaza businesses.
14 High water levels in the Kenduskeag Plaza channel. Catch basins and stormwater systems begin backing up into Kenduskeag Plaza parking areas and lowest levels of parking garages.
12 Bangor Waterfront begins to flood in portions of the riverwalk. Flood control systems and barriers in Kenduskeag Plaza may become stressed.
11 High water in low areas surrounding the Kenduskeag Plaza and Bangor Waterfront.
(1) Gage Looking Downstream
(2) Gage Location Downstream Side Washington Street Bridge
(3) Acoustic Sensor
(4) Downstream View Confluence of Kenduskeag & Penobscot
(5) Upstream View of Kenduskeag Stream
(6) Old Gage Location in 2009

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