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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 Ashland are issued routinely year-round.
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Upstream Gauge - near Huntington Upstream Gauge
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 65.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 56.6
Flood Stage: 52
Action Stage: 50
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 74.21 ft on 01/27/1937
(2) 70.60 ft on 03/31/1913
(3) 69.30 ft on 02/12/1888
(4) 65.90 ft on 04/17/1948
(5) 64.45 ft on 03/09/1945
(6) 64.00 ft on 01/02/1943
(7) 63.83 ft on 03/08/1955
(8) 63.30 ft on 03/23/1936
(9) 62.10 ft on 03/21/1933
(10) 61.20 ft on 02/05/1939
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 58.00 ft on 03/03/2021
(2) 54.61 ft on 02/15/2020
(3) 53.17 ft on 02/26/2019
(4) 52.07 ft on 12/24/2018
(5) 51.16 ft on 04/07/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.40 ft on 10/27/1922
(2) 1.60 ft on 10/20/1920
(3) 1.70 ft on 10/01/1895
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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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66.5 CSX Railroad closed in east end of Ashland near Catlettsburg KY.
65.8 River overtops the low point of the bank at the foot of Houston Street in Russell and flows overland to Ganners Branch.
65.5 US Routes 23 and 60 floods in the east end of Ashland. US Route 23 one quarter of a mile west of Ashland floods.
64.5 CSX Railroad closed in Russell.
63 US Route 60 floods in Catlettsburg.
60 The flood gate at Oakland Avenue in Catlettsburg is closed.
56.6 General flooding of areas around Ashland outside of the flood wall.
56 The flood gate in Catlettsburg at 26th and Front Street is closed.
55.5 KY Route 3 floods in Catlettsburg.
52 Minor flooding of roads in low lying areas begin to flood due to backwater from creeks.
50 Catlettsburg flood gate at 15th and Center Street is closed.
(1) Upstream view
(2) Downstream view
(3) View of gage house
(4) View of staff gage

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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
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Note: Use the official hydrograph at the top of this web page for river levels within the next 72 hours.

See the Product Description Document link for more details on the interpretation of the 10 day graphics.

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