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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Levisa Fork at Prestonsburg 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: 46
Moderate Flood Stage: 43
Flood Stage: 40
Action Stage: 22
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 48.78 ft on 01/30/1957
(2) 47.90 ft on 02/01/1862
(3) 46.60 ft on 03/12/1963
(4) 45.71 ft on 04/06/1977
(5) 45.30 ft on 01/29/1918
(6) 43.88 ft on 05/07/1984
(7) 43.80 ft on 03/23/1929
(8) 41.83 ft on 02/05/1939
(9) 41.51 ft on 03/01/1955
(10) 40.50 ft on 03/02/2021 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 40.50 ft on 03/02/2021 (P)
(2) 39.88 ft on 02/17/2003
(3) 43.88 ft on 05/07/1984
(4) 45.71 ft on 04/06/1977
(5) 40.02 ft on 03/08/1967
(6) 46.60 ft on 03/12/1963
(7) 48.78 ft on 01/30/1957
(8) 41.51 ft on 03/01/1955
(9) 41.83 ft on 02/05/1939
(10) 43.80 ft on 03/23/1929
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.40 ft on 07/06/1930
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49.9 Flooding will equal the highest flood on record.
48 The entire town is flooded except for portions of Riverside Avenue and a half block on Mill Street.
47 Water reaches the top of the levee.
46 Major flooding is occurring. Most of town is flooded except for the center of city which is protected by a levee and small area near hills.
43 Moderate flooding occurs. Water enters some homes.
41 Water is in the business district including the court house and post office.
40 Minor flooding. River is at flood stage and is 430 feet wide.
27 Flood gate is closed to the storm drain system in Prestonsburg.
24 Archer Park is inundated.
(1) Looking Upstream
(2) Looking Downstream
(3) Gage House
(4) Staff Gage on Bridge
(5) Staff Gage on Pumping Station

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