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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Cuyahoga River at Independence are issued routinely year-round.
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Zoom Level:16
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 21
Moderate Flood Stage: 18.5
Flood Stage: 17
Action Stage: 14
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 23.29 ft on 06/23/2006
(2) 22.73 ft on 02/28/2011
(3) 22.41 ft on 01/22/1959
(4) 22.06 ft on 09/15/1979
(5) 21.77 ft on 12/30/1990
(6) 21.66 ft on 05/22/2004
(7) 21.62 ft on 03/29/2020
(8) 21.12 ft on 07/22/2003
(9) 20.83 ft on 04/16/2018
(10) 20.71 ft on 09/07/2020
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 18.10 ft on 02/18/2022 (P)
(2) 20.71 ft on 09/07/2020
(3) 21.62 ft on 03/29/2020
(4) 17.73 ft on 06/21/2019
(5) 20.83 ft on 04/16/2018
(6) 18.50 ft on 01/13/2017
(7) 19.51 ft on 06/27/2015
(8) 18.14 ft on 05/13/2014
(9) 18.32 ft on 12/06/2011
(10) 22.73 ft on 02/28/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.18 ft on 06/30/1989
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27 The river gage is flooded. Historic flooding in the valley.
24 Record flooding expected. Comparable river flows as that of the historic 1913 flood.
23.5 Comparable with the FEMA 0.2 percent flood and exceeding the flood of 2006.
22 Comparable with the FEMA 1 percent flood. Several busineeses and homes along the Cuyahoga River flooded. Industrial and residential properties north of Rockside Road impacted.
21 Property along Canal, Frances, Murray, Rockside, and Cloverleaf Roads in the village of Valley View inundated. Water extends to Commerce Parkway, Wall Street, Exchange Road, and Cloverleaf Parkway.
19.5 Homes and businesses flooded in Valley View. Numerous road closures.
19 Water inundates along Gleeson, Charles, Frances, and Stone Streets in Valley View. Many roads may become impassable. Water is out of banks in Brecksville Reservation and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
18.5 Water backs up on Murray and Fosdick Roads in Valley View. Portions of Exchange Road, Wall Street, and Cloverleaf Road inundated.
17 Tinkers Creek and Mill Creek backup due to high flows on the Cuyahoga River. Canal Road inundated.
16 Floodwaters begin encroaching on Canal Road in the village of Valley View.

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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)
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Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 48 hours.

See the Product Description Document link for more details on the interpretation of the 10 day graphics.

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