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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the South Fork Licking River at Cynthiana 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: 23
Moderate Flood Stage: 22
Flood Stage: 20
Action Stage: 19
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 28.53 ft on 03/03/1997
(2) 23.32 ft on 04/13/1948
(3) 23.02 ft on 02/16/1989
(4) 22.99 ft on 12/10/1978
(5) 22.98 ft on 04/05/2015
(6) 22.60 ft on 01/24/1922
(7) 22.59 ft on 03/05/1964
(8) 22.40 ft on 05/20/2020
(9) 22.30 ft on 12/07/1919
(10) 21.98 ft on 04/13/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 22.40 ft on 05/20/2020
(2) 20.09 ft on 09/25/2018
(3) 22.98 ft on 04/05/2015
(4) 21.98 ft on 04/13/2011
(5) 21.92 ft on 05/04/2010
(6) 20.11 ft on 04/05/2008
(7) 20.50 ft on 03/20/2002
(8) 20.43 ft on 02/19/2000
(9) 28.53 ft on 03/03/1997
(10) 20.00 ft on 12/19/1995
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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28.5 Much of western and a large part of southern Cynthiana is flooded. Water is 3 feet deep in western business district. KY 356 bridge is closed.
27 KY 356 bridge floods.
26 A large section of US 27 is closed one quater mile north of town. Town is cutoff.
25 Approaches to KY 356 bridge are flooded.
24 Water enters some businesses. Sections of US 62, US 27, KY 36 south and west of town flood.
23 Some homes on west side of town flood.
22 Intersections of Pearl and Locust, Poplar and Penn, and Poplar and Cromwell Alley flood. KY 36 (Pleasant Street) between Locust and W. Pike flood. KY 983 before Infirmary Road floods.
20 A large section of city park floods. Water begins to back up in some streets in west side of town.
19 Several roads are closed outside of city limits.
16 River Road is blocked. Riverside park floods.
(1) Gauge House and Wireweight Gauge
(2) Looking Upstream from Bridge
(3) Looking Downstream from Bridge

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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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