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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 West Pelzer are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - near Greenville north of Old Easley Rd Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Chappells
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 16
Flood Stage: 12
Action Stage: 11
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 25.60 ft on 08/25/1908
(2) 18.00 ft on 08/17/1928
(3) 18.00 ft on 10/22/1918
(4) 15.00 ft on 10/08/1949
(5) 15.00 ft on 10/08/1940
(6) 15.00 ft on 04/07/1936
(7) 14.00 ft on 12/24/1954
(8) 14.00 ft on 08/20/1940
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 13.36 ft on 02/07/2020 (P)
(2) 8.67 ft on 11/03/2015
(3) 8.50 ft on 10/04/2015
(4) 8.66 ft on 05/06/2013
(5) 9.62 ft on 01/18/2013
(6) 8.97 ft on 11/12/2009
(7) 12.22 ft on 07/08/2005
(8) 8.40 ft on 06/29/2005
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.80 ft on 08/08/1907
(2) 2.00 ft on 06/29/1914
(3) 2.00 ft on 09/09/1925
(4) 2.20 ft on 11/27/1910
(5) 2.20 ft on 12/22/1943
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25.6 Record flood
25.5 Near record flooding will occur, causing flooding around the lee steam plant.
20 Several homes along adger street will be flooded.
18 Streets and homes in the mill area will be flooded.
16.3 Moderate flooding begins. First floor of the lowest house in the Pelzer Mills area where Lyman and Adger Streets come together will be flooded.
12 Minor Flood Stage. Further flooding of woodlands and fields downstream of gage will occur. Additional flooding of the area around the Pelzer boat ramp will occur and floodwaters will continue to impact adjacent yards. Flooding of Arden Road will continue.
11 Action Stage. The woodlands along both sides of the river are flooding. Water will enter a backyard of one home on Arden Road near Culbertson road. Parts of Pelzer boat ramp and yards of some homes along Adger Street in Anderson County will be flooded. Arden Road will be flooded by a couple inches of flood waters.
10.8 Arden Road in Greenville County will begin to flood at its lowest elevation, which is directly across the Saluda River from the boat ramp in Anderson County.
9 The boat ramp located off of Adger Street in Anderson County is inundated. Water is beginning to spread across the associated parking lot and access road. Water is beginning to inundate the lowest elevations of one backyard that borders the access road.
7 About 2 ft of water will be going over the dam.
(1) looking downstream ...river level around 12 ft
(2) looking upstream... river level around 12 ft
(3) west pelzer gage site river at normal levels
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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
3 Day (SREF) 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 48 hours.

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