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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the French Broad River at Fletcher are issued routinely year-round.

Vertical datum height surveyed by the USGS

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 17
Flood Stage: 13
Action Stage: 10
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 20.13 ft on 09/08/2004
(2) 17.54 ft on 09/17/2004
(3) 15.62 ft on 05/06/2013
(4) 15.30 ft on 05/19/2018 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 14.34 ft on 02/07/2020 (P)
(2) 15.30 ft on 05/19/2018 (P)
(3) 10.65 ft on 04/24/2017
(4) 12.13 ft on 02/04/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 3.19 ft on 08/23/2002
(2) 3.41 ft on 11/13/2007
(3) 3.54 ft on 06/20/2008
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20.1 Record Flood Stage. Floodwaters are approaching levels similar to those levels observed in during Hurricane Frances in early September, 2004.
20 Major Flood Stage. Significant and damaging flooding of the French Broad River Valley is likely from Etowah upstream to Avery Creek and Biltmore Park downstream of the gauge site.
17 Moderate Flood Stage. Significant inundation of several roads within the French Broad River Valley from Etowah to Avery Creek is ongoing. Floodwaters may be approaching vulnerable homes and businesses within the valley. Floodwater levels are similar to those levels observed during Hurricane Ivan in mid-September, 2004.
15 Minor Flooding continues. French Broad River floodwaters may be impacting several roads within the valley, resulting in road closures including along Glenn Bridge Rd., Pinner Rd., Butler Bridge Rd., Nelson Rd., Banner Farm Rd., Brannon Rd., Old Brevard Hwy., and Ladson Rd. Widespread farmland flooding is ongoing with floodwaters impacting some residential and commercial property and outbuildings. Adjacent parks and river access points along the reach of the river are experiencing significant inundation.
13 Minor Flood Stage. French Broad River floodwaters are now inundating Banner Farm Rd. Floodwaters may be approaching portions of Glenn Bridge Rd. Farmland and other low-lying areas within the French Broad River Valley from Etowah to Avery Creek are experiencing scattered flooding. Glenn Bridge Park and river access is experiencing scattered flooding.
12 Action Stage continues. Glenn Bridge Park river access is experiencing minor flooding. Westfeldt Park is experiencing scattered flooding. French Broad River floodwaters are causing isolated to widely scattered farmland flooding.
11.5 Action Stage Flooding continues. Butler Bridge Rd. is inundated with up to 6 inches of floodwaters from the French Broad River, forcing road closure.
10 Action/Advisory Stage. The French Broad River has exceeded bankfull at the gauge site. Isolated farmland flooding is beginning across the French Broad River Valley from Etowah downstream to Avery Creek upstream of the gauge site.
(1) French Broad river at Fletcher looking downstream
(2) French Broad river at Fletcher looking upstream

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