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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 Eddington are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 23
Moderate Flood Stage: 21
Flood Stage: 18
Action Stage: 16
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 23.53 ft on 04/03/1987
(2) 19.57 ft on 05/01/2008
(3) 18.72 ft on 04/30/2005
(4) 18.30 ft on 01/14/2018
(5) 17.93 ft on 04/18/2014
(6) 17.57 ft on 01/13/2014
(7) 17.30 ft on 12/15/2010
(8) 17.13 ft on 12/21/2023
(9) 16.75 ft on 04/23/2019
(10) 16.61 ft on 04/08/2009
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 17.13 ft on 12/21/2023
(2) 14.69 ft on 12/03/2020
(3) 15.27 ft on 04/15/2020
(4) 16.75 ft on 04/23/2019
(5) 18.30 ft on 01/14/2018
(6) 17.93 ft on 04/18/2014
(7) 17.57 ft on 01/13/2014
(8) 17.30 ft on 12/15/2010
(9) 16.61 ft on 04/08/2009
(10) 19.57 ft on 05/01/2008
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.46 ft on 08/29/2002
(2) 1.11 ft on 08/25/2010
(3) 1.42 ft on 08/01/2011
(4) 1.68 ft on 08/30/2017
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25 Comparable to the FEMA 0.2 percent flood level. A large portion of the Penobscot River Valley underwater. Flood waters reach Main St in Old Town with significant impacts to Water Street properties. Down Street on Indian Island flooded near West Street cutting off access south. Significant flooding in Milford with access in and out of the area on Route 2 cut off. State Route 116 near Tree Farm Road in Old Town flooded.
23 Flood inundation near the FEMA 1 percent flood hazard level. Record flooding similar to the Flood of 1987. Floodwaters breach the railroad tracks in Old Town, flooding portions of Water Street. Lower portions of French Island including Bodwell St and River St inundated. Significant flooding along Main St in Bradley depending on backwater and flows from the Otter Stream. Wabanaki Way on Indian Isolated flooded in multiple locations.
22 Significant inundation of low lying lands along the river. Potential for greater impacts in the upper portion of the reach around Old Town with large contributions from the Stillwater River. The backyards of properties north of North Main St in Brewer inundated with some impacts to outbuildings possible.
21 Backwater effects from the Penobscot can cause flooding at the confluence of the Otter and Great Works Streams in Bradley, flooding portions of Route 178.
18 Minor lowland flooding occurs. Swiftly moving water can pose an imminent threat to life.
16 River approaches bankfull.
(1) Gage House
(2) Upstream View
(3) Gage House Facing Upstream
(4) Downstream View

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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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