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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 Williamsburg are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Gauge - at Barbourville Upstream Gauge
Zoom Level:13
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 32
Moderate Flood Stage: 27.5
Flood Stage: 21
Action Stage: 17
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 35.03 ft on 04/07/1977
(2) 35.02 ft on 02/08/2020
(3) 35.00 ft on 03/31/1886
(4) 34.54 ft on 03/15/1975
(5) 34.20 ft on 01/10/1946
(6) 33.78 ft on 01/31/1957
(7) 32.70 ft on 03/25/1929
(8) 31.96 ft on 02/13/1994
(9) 31.13 ft on 11/30/1973
(10) 31.10 ft on 05/09/1984
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 30.71 ft on 03/30/2021
(2) 24.64 ft on 03/02/2021 (P)
(3) 23.02 ft on 05/21/2020
(4) 24.88 ft on 04/14/2020
(5) 22.57 ft on 03/22/2020
(6) 35.02 ft on 02/08/2020
(7) 28.58 ft on 02/25/2019
(8) 23.24 ft on 02/08/2019
(9) 28.38 ft on 04/25/2017
(10) 23.48 ft on 02/17/2016
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -0.50 ft on 09/16/1919
(2) 0.00 ft on 10/28/1947
(3) 0.20 ft on 10/09/1945
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39.4 The levee and floodwall will begin to overtop.
37 Floodwall is threatened. Full evacuation of the Williamsburg downtown area is necessary.
36 Overtopping or failure of levee and floodwall is possible.
35.03 Flooding will exceed the highest flood on record.
31 Flooding threatens many homes and businesses. Roads begin to flood, severing evacuation routes. Major flooding threatens downtown area.
25 Low lying areas along George Hayes Road flood.
21 Flooding threatens low lying roads and structures.
(1) Looking Upstream
(2) Looking Downstream
(3) Gage House
(4) Crest Gage
(5) Crest Gage
(6) Levee
(7) Flood Wall / Levee
(8) Levee

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