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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Barren River at Bowling Green are issued routinely year-round.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - above Woodbury
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 45
Moderate Flood Stage: 32
Flood Stage: 28
Action Stage: 26
Low Stage (in feet): 3.4

Historic Crests
(1) 52.20 ft on 01/08/1913
(2) 49.55 ft on 03/01/1962
(3) 46.00 ft on 01/01/1937
(4) 44.63 ft on 03/24/1952
(5) 43.69 ft on 05/03/2010
(6) 42.75 ft on 03/13/1975
(7) 42.07 ft on 01/30/1957
(8) 41.67 ft on 06/24/1969
(9) 40.46 ft on 03/23/1955
(10) 39.82 ft on 02/15/1948
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 33.31 ft on 03/02/2021 (P)
(2) 30.85 ft on 02/25/2019
(3) 28.13 ft on 04/29/2013
(4) 43.69 ft on 05/03/2010
(5) 30.38 ft on 01/29/2009
(6) 29.38 ft on 04/05/2008
(7) 28.61 ft on 02/17/2003
(8) 30.43 ft on 01/24/1999
(9) 34.90 ft on 03/03/1997
(10) 28.70 ft on 12/18/1996
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.80 ft on 10/18/1923
(2) 4.03 ft on 09/19/1954
(3) 4.15 ft on 07/08/1988
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61 Surface of US 68 bridge floods.
53 Large sections of the city flood. Travel is impossible in some areas.
48 Water treatment plant is shut down.
43 Approaches to KY 185 bridge flood.
36 Several homes along river begin to flood.
34 Most of Beech Bend Park floods.
30 Boat Landing Road is impassable.
23 Parks begin to flood. Most of Thomas Landing and Weldon Peete Park flood.
(1) Gauge Housing
(2) Microwave Sensor
(3) Wireweight Gauge
(4) Looking Upstream from Bridge
(5) Looking Downstream from Bridge
(6) Footbridge
(7) Looking upstream from foot bridge
(8) Looking downstream from footbridge
(9) Looking downstream from Old Richardsville Road bridge
(10) Boat Landing Road

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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
10 Day (HEFS) 10 Day (NAEFS) River Forecast VS. River Potential
HEFS Ensemble NAEFS Ensemble River Forecast vs Potential

Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

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