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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 Ford Lock are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Gauge - at Clay City Upstream Gauge
Zoom Level:13
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 40
Moderate Flood Stage: 35
Flood Stage: 26
Action Stage: 24
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 40.15 ft on 12/10/1978
(2) 38.05 ft on 03/03/2021 (P)
(3) 36.07 ft on 03/01/1962
(4) 35.10 ft on 03/28/1913
(5) 34.80 ft on 02/05/1939
(6) 33.65 ft on 02/01/1957
(7) 33.60 ft on 02/16/1948
(8) 33.60 ft on 12/20/1915
(9) 33.48 ft on 05/10/1984
(10) 32.47 ft on 05/03/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 38.05 ft on 03/03/2021 (P)
(2) 26.89 ft on 02/26/2019
(3) 32.47 ft on 05/03/2010
(4) 26.29 ft on 06/02/2004
(5) 32.41 ft on 02/19/2003
(6) 28.08 ft on 03/21/2002
(7) 27.07 ft on 03/06/1997
(8) 26.28 ft on 03/12/1994
(9) 28.66 ft on 02/16/1989
(10) 33.48 ft on 05/10/1984
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 8.20 ft on 10/25/1953
(2) 9.00 ft on 10/04/1939
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30 KY highway 388 floods. Some homes are threatened. More sections of Fort Boonesborough State Park flood.
26 Flooding occurs in low lying portions of Fort Boonesborough State Park.
(1) Looking at the dam from the right bank, stage 15.1 feet
(2) Looking upstream at dam, stage 15.1 feet
(3) Looking downstream at dam
(4) Park office building on left bank below dam
(5) Lockmaster homes on left bank
(6) Gage house
(7) Local resident living near gage house
(8) View of lock and dam from lockmaster house
(9) Site of Fort Boonesboro below dam on left bank
(10) Staff gage on left bank

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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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