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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Southeast River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Tar River at Tarboro are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

Vertical datum height surveyed by the USGS

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 32
Moderate Flood Stage: 24
Flood Stage: 19
Action Stage: 17
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 41.51 ft on 09/19/1999
(2) 36.29 ft on 10/13/2016
(3) 34.00 ft on 07/27/1919
(4) 33.50 ft on 10/04/1924
(5) 31.77 ft on 08/20/1940
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 27.47 ft on 02/21/2021 (P)
(2) 20.01 ft on 02/04/2021 (P)
(3) 22.08 ft on 01/08/2021 (P)
(4) 20.08 ft on 12/29/2020 (P)
(5) 19.16 ft on 12/21/2020 (P)
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.45 ft on 10/17/1933
(2) 0.60 ft on 09/28/1954
(3) 0.90 ft on 10/02/1968
(4) 1.10 ft on 10/23/1981
(5) 1.10 ft on 09/18/1951
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38.6 This is the highest elevation of the Princeville levee. Flooding becomes widespread in Princeville. The traffic circle in Tarboro on US64 at the bridge over the Tar river is flooded. Flooding begins on Albemarle Avenue and St Andrews Street.
37 Failure may be expected at the Princeville levee and flooding begins in the town of Princeville. There is also considerable street flooding in Tarboro, including Daniels, Baker, St James, and Granville streets.
34.6 Water reaches the base of the Princeville levee.
33.6 This is the elevation of the railroad bed which cuts through the Princeville levee. The emergency gate must be manually installed to prevent water from flowing into the town of Princeville.
32 Major flooding begins. Baker and St James Street begin to flood.
24 Moderate flooding begins. River Road in Tarboro is underwater and flooding begins on east Wilson and St David Streets.
20 Lowland flooding begins south of Daniel Street in east Tarboro.
19 Minor flooding begins. The Riverside Park and River Road at the US64 bridge flood.
17 The river is at bankfull.
(1) Photo 1
(2) Photo 2
(3) Downstream showing park access closed

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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 72 Hours.

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