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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 Owensboro 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: 49
Moderate Flood Stage: 44
Flood Stage: 40
Action Stage: 35
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 54.80 ft on 01/29/1937
(2) 49.70 ft on 03/11/1945
(3) 49.50 ft on 03/15/1964
(4) 49.30 ft on 04/01/1913
(5) 49.00 ft on 03/09/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 40.70 ft on 03/02/2022
(2) 43.70 ft on 03/07/2021
(3) 44.50 ft on 02/17/2019
(4) 47.30 ft on 02/28/2018
(5) 44.90 ft on 03/17/2015
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 18.73 ft on 10/12/2023
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54.8 This flood will exceed the highest stage on record. Large amounts of property damage can be expected. Evacuation of many homes and businesses becomes necessary.
50 Moderate flooding occurs affecting the lowest land in Owensboro well back from the river due to sewers backing up.
44 Parts of Smothers Park may flood.
41 Minor flooding occurs affecting mainly bottomland and surrounding low lying areas.
35 Bottomland begins to flood.
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