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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Cumberland River at Barbourville are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 38
Moderate Flood Stage: 33
Flood Stage: 27
Action Stage: 21.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 45.91 ft on 04/06/1977
(2) 42.80 ft on 01/01/1946
(3) 42.65 ft on 11/29/1973
(4) 42.30 ft on 01/01/1970
(5) 42.15 ft on 01/30/1957
(6) 41.60 ft on 03/14/1975
(7) 41.43 ft on 03/13/1963
(8) 40.83 ft on 05/08/1984
(9) 40.25 ft on 02/02/1951
(10) 40.01 ft on 02/07/2020
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 35.45 ft on 03/29/2021
(2) 30.29 ft on 03/02/2021
(3) 28.77 ft on 05/20/2020
(4) 29.88 ft on 04/14/2020
(5) 27.07 ft on 02/14/2020
(6) 40.01 ft on 02/07/2020
(7) 31.46 ft on 02/25/2019
(8) 30.16 ft on 02/21/2019
(9) 37.51 ft on 02/12/2018
(10) 32.50 ft on 04/25/2017 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -0.25 ft on 10/05/1930
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50 Overtopping or failure of floodwall is expected. Full evacuation of Barbourville is necessary.
45.91 Flooding will exceed the highest flood on record. Homes and businesses must be evacuated.
40.29 Closing of flood gates begins.
40 Major flood threatens the protected area of Barbourville. US 25 E floods on both sides of the city.
39.6 KY 11 floods.
39.4 Homes on Miller Road and Boone Heights begin flooding.
38.5 Homes begin flooding in Apple Grove, Sharp Gap and Smokey.
36.6 Roads begin flooding in Heidrick. Homes begin flooding on South Main Street.
34 Flooding threatens homes and businesses in unprotected areas.
30 Manchester Street and Miller Road east of US 25 E flood.
27 Low lying roads flood. Manchester street floods.
(1) Looking Downstream
(2) Looking Upstream
(3) Gage House
(4) Flood Wall
(5) Staff Gage
(6) Diversion Channel
(7) Diversion Gage House
(8) Diversion Staff Gage

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