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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Kentucky River at Frankfort Lock are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 40
Moderate Flood Stage: 35
Flood Stage: 31
Action Stage: 29
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 48.47 ft on 12/10/1978
(2) 47.46 ft on 01/25/1937
(3) 45.22 ft on 03/03/1997
(4) 44.17 ft on 02/16/1989
(5) 42.84 ft on 05/05/2010
(6) 42.80 ft on 02/01/1883
(7) 42.25 ft on 04/16/1972
(8) 40.73 ft on 03/01/1962
(9) 40.16 ft on 03/05/2021
(10) 38.99 ft on 05/09/1984
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 40.16 ft on 03/05/2021
(2) 32.33 ft on 02/25/2019
(3) 36.15 ft on 04/05/2015
(4) 42.84 ft on 05/05/2010
(5) 34.41 ft on 06/01/2004
(6) 35.16 ft on 02/20/2003
(7) 35.81 ft on 03/22/2002
(8) 45.22 ft on 03/03/1997
(9) 33.75 ft on 05/20/1995
(10) 34.63 ft on 03/11/1994
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -2.60 ft on 09/04/1885
(2) 3.20 ft on 11/01/1908
(3) 3.50 ft on 10/10/1904
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51.5 Water reaches the top of protection in South Frankfort.
51 Water reaches the top of protection in North Frankfort.
48 Areas outside of floodwall are covered. Many county roads are closed.
43 Bellepoint is cut off. Indian Gap Road, Bates Road, and River Valley Road flood. Water Plant is affected. Water crosses Wilkenson Blvd. at Reilly Rd.
40 Paul Sawyer Drive, East Second Street, East Fourth Street and Admirals Landing flood. The entrance at McDonald Ferry Road floods. The campground at Steele Branch Road is closed. Warehouses along Great Buffalo Trace Rd. flood.
39 Portions of Logan Street, Norton Street and Murray Street flood. Riverboat Landing is flooded.
38 KY 420 (Old Lawrenceburg Road) closes. Wilkerson Street, Watson Court, Wilson Street, and Kentucky Avenue flood. Many basements of homes flood.
37 Taylor Avenue floods near quarry. Swallowfield Road floods at Bates Road.
36 Travis Circle, Onans Bend Road, and Polsgrove Road flood.
33 Steele Branch Road floods at dead end. Stoney Creek Road closes.
31 Benson Valley Road floods. Water approaches Stoney Creek Road.
27 Lewis Ferry Road floods.
24 North Stoney Creek Road floods.
(1) Gage House
(2) Wire Weight Gage
(3) Upstream from the Gage Showing Quarry
(4) Downstream from the Gage
(5) Wilson Street at Bellepoint Park
(6) Upstream from Lock
(7) Upper Staff Sections
(8) Upper Pool Staff Gage
(9) Upper Pool Lock Gate
(10) Upper Pool
(11) Lower Lock Staff Gage
(12) Lock Chamber and Lower Lock Gate
(13) Highest Staff Section
(14) Downstream From Lock
(15) Dam from the Left Bank
(16) Dam from the Right Bank
(17) Old Lockmaster House
(18) Flood Levee in South Frankfort

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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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