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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 Pittsburgh are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 28.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 27
Flood Stage: 25
Action Stage: 18
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 46.00 ft on 03/18/1936
(2) 38.50 ft on 03/15/1907
(3) 36.60 ft on 12/31/1942
(4) 35.82 ft on 06/24/1972
(5) 35.40 ft on 03/01/1902
(6) 35.10 ft on 04/27/1937
(7) 34.60 ft on 01/20/1996
(8) 34.50 ft on 01/26/1937
(9) 34.30 ft on 01/09/1913
(10) 33.40 ft on 03/07/1945
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 20.11 ft on 02/13/2019
(2) 24.43 ft on 02/09/2019
(3) 19.45 ft on 01/25/2019
(4) 27.08 ft on 09/11/2018
(5) 27.49 ft on 02/17/2018
(6) 25.31 ft on 01/13/2018
(7) 21.56 ft on 03/15/2015
(8) 21.85 ft on 03/05/2015
(9) 20.49 ft on 05/19/2011
(10) 26.65 ft on 03/12/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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46 Severe damage occurs in Pittsburgh with up to 15 feet of water in the golden triangle. This is the level of the record flood in march of 1936.
40 PNC Park is flooded along Federal Street.
38 Water reaches the floor of Brunots Island Power Station.
37 Water reaches the floor level of Rivers Casino.
36.6 Steam distribution lines in Pittsburgh are in jeopardy. Water reaches the top of the flood wall at PNC park.
36 Serious flood damage occurs to about 500 businesses on the North Side and in downtown Pittsburgh. The Port Authority of Pittsburgh subway system is affected.
35.82 Flood waters reach the historic levels of Hurricane Agnes on June 26, 1972.
35 The river level reaches a critical stage for Heinz Field and PNC Park.
32 Mckees Rocks is affected. Flooding occurs on Neville Island.
31 Water reaches the railroad tracks at Station Square on the South Side. PNC Park playing field is flooded. Flood waters reach the level of Hurricane Ivan on September 18, 2004.
30 200 manufacturing concerns and companies in Pittsburgh are affected by flooding. Heinz Field playing field is flooded. Point state park is flooded to the Portal Bridge.
29 River Avenue on the North Side begins to flood.
28 Pumping operations begin on Neville Island. The Wood Street T station facilities are impacted. Fort Pitt Boulevard is closed.
26 State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh is impacted.
25 The Parkway Central (also known as the bathtub) is closed by flooding. Lower North Side businesses are affected.
24.5 The fountain in Point State Park is flooded.
23 Clemente Park is flooded.
22.7 Water reaches the top of rail of the B & O railroad on the North Side of Pittsburgh.
22 The Tenth Street Bypass floods.
20 Water is up to one foot deep in the lower areas of the North Shore Riverwalk.
19.5 The Mon Parking Wharf is completely flooded.
19 Water begins to flow onto the north shore riverwalk between the stadiums.
18 Water begins to flow onto the Monongahela Parking Wharf.

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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
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Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 48 hours.

See the Product Description Document link for more details on the interpretation of the 3,7 day graphics.

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