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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Southeast River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Cape Fear River at Fayetteville are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Locations Upstream Gauge Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at W.O. Huske Lock
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 58
Moderate Flood Stage: 48
Flood Stage: 35
Action Stage: 35
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 68.90 ft on 09/21/1945
(2) 68.00 ft on 08/29/1908
(3) 65.30 ft on 10/04/1929
(4) 64.70 ft on 09/22/1928
(5) 61.58 ft on 09/19/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 35.32 ft on 02/17/2021 (P)
(2) 36.05 ft on 01/04/2021 (P)
(3) 41.68 ft on 02/08/2020
(4) 43.49 ft on 11/16/2018
(5) 24.60 ft on 10/13/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 8.50 ft on 10/22/1940
(2) 8.70 ft on 10/14/1941
(3) 8.70 ft on 10/15/1943
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72 The river will spread to a width of up to 2 miles, with several thousand structures threatened.
69 The city of Fayetteville begins to flood and up to one hundred and fifty homes would be threatened. At this stage the river widens to a mile or more in some places.
64 Several thousand acres of land and hundreds of structures on both sides of the river will be flooded. Water reaches the under-clearance of the downstream railroad trestle. Downstream about 2 miles, the river will spread to a width of approximately 1 mile.
60 Water begins to bypass the left end of the NC24 bridge for several hundred yards. Two miles downstream, the left bank widens to 1000 feet and to a depth of several feet. Cumberland Tractor lot begins to flood.
59 The river will reach the bottom of the railroad bridge just downstream of the Person Street bridge. Debris will get stuck against the railroad bridge.
58 Major flooding begins. The right bank widens to several hundred feet and there is significant flooding of downstream structures.
50 There is significant overflow on the left bank about 2 miles downstream of the NC24 bridge.
48 Moderate flooding begins. The upper parking areas at Riverside Bait and Tackle are flooded. There is significant lowland flooding downstream.
35 Minor flooding begins. The boat ramp and lower parking lot at Riverside Bait and Tackle off Person Street are flooded. The stage and lower seating area at the Cape Fear amphitheater are flooded.
32 Action Stage. Banks of the Cape Fear River begin to overflow.
(1) Downstream
(2) Upstream

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Potential River Levels - Used to
Potential River Levels
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Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 Hours.

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