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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Ohio River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Hocking River at Athens are issued routinely year-round.

Vertical datum height surveyed by the USGS

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Upstream Gauge - at Enterprise Upstream Gauge
Zoom Level:15
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 28
Moderate Flood Stage: 22
Flood Stage: 20
Action Stage: 18
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 26.70 ft on 03/14/1907
(2) 24.65 ft on 05/25/1968
(3) 24.18 ft on 03/11/1964
(4) 24.00 ft on 01/01/1913
(5) 24.00 ft on 01/01/1884
(6) 23.68 ft on 01/07/2005
(7) 23.20 ft on 05/30/1990
(8) 23.10 ft on 03/06/1963
(9) 23.00 ft on 03/08/1945
(10) 23.00 ft on 01/01/1873
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 20.10 ft on 02/19/2022
(2) 21.11 ft on 02/14/2019
(3) 20.14 ft on 02/10/2019
(4) 22.08 ft on 02/09/2019
(5) 18.66 ft on 04/17/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.98 ft on 09/25/1962
(2) 2.10 ft on 09/30/1969
(3) 2.11 ft on 07/24/1967
(4) 2.17 ft on 08/13/1941
(5) 2.18 ft on 10/11/1930
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33.7 In Athens, Ohio University, U.S. Route 3, two eastern pump stations, the heating plant, and most of the city flood.
28 Areas in Athens, located near the river and Ohio University, flood.
26 Areas in downtown Athens begin to flood. Water surrounds the hospital.
25 In Coolville, Frost Road bridge floods.
24 In Nelsonville, four homes adjacent to the river and across railroad below Farrow Street flood.
23 Numerous homes and roads along the mouth of the river flood. In Athens, several businesses and homes along West Union Street near the river flood.
22.5 Numerous homes and roads along the river, approximately 1 mile upstream from Ohio River, flood. In Athens, intersection of U.S. Route 50 and South Canaan Road flood. In Coolville, Frost Road and Ohio Route 144 flood.
22 Sections of East State Street along with adjacent business parking lots flood. Ohio Route 33 south of Nelsonville begins to flood.
21.5 Four homes along 1100 block of Harmony Road flood at 21 to 22 feet. Athens Community Center parking lot and tennis courts flood.
21 Hockhocking Adena Bikeway near West State Street begins to flood. Glen Ebon Road begins to flood.
20 Low areas, campground, and private camps along the river between Athens and Coolville begin to flood. Low sections of Harmony Road begin to flood. Much of the city of Athens is protected up to 26 feet by levees. The baseball fields in Nelsonville, adjacent to the river, flood.
Photos
(1) Upstream view
(2) Downstream view
(3) View of gage house
(4) View of old gage house next to the old Mill Street bridge
(5) View of staff gages and crest stage gage
(6) View of wireweight gage
(7) Private camps along the river between Athens and Coolville flood at 20 to 21 feet
(8) Four homes along 1100 block of Harmony Road flood at 21 to 22 feet
(9) Parking lot and tennis courts at Athens Community Center flood at 21 to 22 feet
(10) Portion of East State Street and adjacent parking lots flood at 22 feet
(11) U.S. Route 50 and South Canaan Road flood at 22.5 to 23 feet
(12) Several businesses and homes along West Union Street near the river flood at 23 feet
(13) View of East State Street at 23.5 feet
(14) View of Athens Community Center at 23.5 feet
(15) In Coolville, Frost Road and Ohio Route 144 flood at 22.5 to 23 feet
(16) In Hockingport, roads and numerous homes just upstream from the Ohio River flood at 22.5 to 23 feet
(17) In Hockingport, roads and numerous homes flood at 23 feet
(18) In Nelsonville, the baseball field next to West Canal Street floods at 22 feet
(19) In Nelsonville, four homes along the river and across from railroad tracks flood at 24 feet

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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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