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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Ohio River at Clifty Creek are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - at Markland Lower Upstream Gauge
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 470
Moderate Flood Stage: 457
Flood Stage: 451
Action Stage: 449
Low Stage (in feet): 420

Historic Crests
(1) 475.90 ft on 01/27/1937
(2) 464.30 ft on 02/15/1884
(3) 464.00 ft on 03/08/1945
(4) 463.20 ft on 03/12/1964
(5) 463.00 ft on 04/01/1913
(6) 462.40 ft on 01/05/1943
(7) 461.80 ft on 02/01/1883
(8) 460.90 ft on 03/07/1997
(9) 459.90 ft on 01/01/1907
(10) 459.60 ft on 01/01/1832
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 452.20 ft on 03/05/2021
(2) 451.20 ft on 02/13/2019
(3) 457.30 ft on 02/26/2018 (P)
(4) 453.10 ft on 03/16/2015
(5) 452.50 ft on 04/26/2011
(6) 451.60 ft on 03/13/2011
(7) 452.00 ft on 01/12/2005
(8) 460.90 ft on 03/07/1997
(9) 451.80 ft on 01/26/1996
(10) 453.00 ft on 01/03/1991
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 404.70 ft on 11/07/1892
(2) 408.50 ft on 07/12/1926
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476 Water reaches second story on Vaughn St. Most homes on First streets are flooded. Some business along First St. are flooded.
473 All of First St. in Madison is flooded and water enters homes on First Street. West end of Second St. is flooded. Water reaches State Highway 7. Many county roads on both sides are closed.
471 Flooding begins in Bethlehem IN.
468 Other homes in the west end of Madison are flooded.
466 Water reaches main floor of Clifty Creek Power Plant.
464 IN 56 floods at Clifty Creek bridge.
458 Water reaches State Highway 56 east of Clifty Creek Power Plant. Clifty Creek Park south entrance floods.
457 Water covers the west end of First St. Half of Milton KY is flooded. Entrance to Clifty Creek State Park is flooded.
453 Water floods Vaughn Drive in Madison in southwest. Water floods city campground in southeast. Water reaches State Highway 56 toward Vevay.
449 Lower parts of Milton KY flood. Public landing at Madison floods.
447 Road to Hanover Beach is closed.
446 Bottomland begins to flood.
(1) Staff Gage at Power Plant
(2) Downstream End of Vaughn St in Madison
(3) Vaughn St. in Madison
(4) Looking at Milton from Madison
(5) Looking at Madison from Milton
(6) Gravel Lot in Milton in Flood Plain
(7) Flood Marks on Building in Milton on High St.
(8) Low Spot in Milton Park
(9) High St. in Milton near Post Office
(10) Upstream End of Vaughn St. near City Campground
(11) Parking Lot in Madison close to Bridge
(12) Panoramic Upstream
(13) Panoramic Downstream
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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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