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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 Tell City 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: 50
Moderate Flood Stage: 44
Flood Stage: 38
Action Stage: 36
Low Stage (in feet): 9.7

Historic Crests
(1) 56.95 ft on 01/29/1937
(2) 53.00 ft on 03/08/1964
(3) 52.00 ft on 03/10/1945
(4) 50.80 ft on 02/15/1884
(5) 50.70 ft on 04/01/1913
(6) 50.40 ft on 03/08/1997
(7) 49.30 ft on 02/27/2018
(8) 49.00 ft on 04/20/1948
(9) 48.00 ft on 04/28/2011
(10) 47.80 ft on 03/06/1962
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 45.00 ft on 03/07/2021 (P)
(2) 43.70 ft on 02/28/2019
(3) 45.00 ft on 02/14/2019
(4) 38.30 ft on 01/29/2019
(5) 38.10 ft on 12/28/2018
(6) 49.30 ft on 02/27/2018
(7) 42.00 ft on 12/30/2015
(8) 41.60 ft on 04/19/2015
(9) 46.10 ft on 03/17/2015
(10) 38.60 ft on 04/06/2014
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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60.5 Water reaches top of floodwall in Tell City Indiana and Hawesville Kentucky.
60 Water reaches top of floodwall in Cannelton Indiana.
57 Almost all businesses and one quarter of homes in Tell City flood.
48 Water reaches railroad tracks and starts up Main St. in Tell City.
46.5 Flood gates in Hawesville KY close.
44 Bottomland on both sides floods. Water reaches base of floodwall.
40 Indiana highway 66 closes above Cannelton.
38 Indiana highway 66 floods between Derby and Magnet...Rome and Derby...and at Rocky Point.
35.5 Floodgates begin closing.
(1) Looking downstream
(2) Looking upstream
(3) Sunset Park in front of floodwall
(4) Staff gauge on the floodwall
(5) Upper staff gauge
(6) Middle staff gauge
(7) Lowest staff gauge
(8) Lowest three staff gauges
(9) Kentucky bank looking upstream
(10) Road along the floodwall
(11) Floodwall
(12) Flood gate
(13) Walking path along the river
(14) 1997 Flood crest marker
(15) Past Flood Crests on floodwall
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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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