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

Vertical datum height surveyed by the USGS

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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at South Side Bridge
Zoom Level:15
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 35
Moderate Flood Stage: 30
Flood Stage: 27
Action Stage: 25
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 37.80 ft on 09/14/1878
(2) 27.37 ft on 04/04/1977
(3) 21.60 ft on 01/29/1957
(4) 20.63 ft on 01/19/1996
(5) 20.62 ft on 02/26/1972
(6) 19.41 ft on 04/05/1977
(7) 19.01 ft on 02/01/2013
(8) 19.00 ft on 03/25/1935
(9) 18.89 ft on 05/07/1984
(10) 18.54 ft on 12/31/1969
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 15.28 ft on 05/17/2014
(2) 19.01 ft on 02/01/2013
(3) 20.63 ft on 01/19/1996
(4) 18.30 ft on 03/24/1993
(5) 15.43 ft on 04/23/1992
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) -0.95 ft on 08/15/1930
(2) -0.90 ft on 10/29/1921
(3) -0.82 ft on 09/30/1946
(4) -0.79 ft on 10/09/1947
(5) -0.70 ft on 08/05/1955
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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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41 Railroad tracks upstream and downstream of County Route 13 bridge floods.
35 Most areas next to river are flooded.
30 Homes, just above county route 13 bridge and along Hairdo Lane are flooded. Several houses in Charlton Heights approximatly 2 miles downstream from the County Route 13 bridge start to flood.
27 The park, near the water falls, is flooded. Homes, just upstream from the County Route 13 bridge, start to flood. Several houses in Charlton Heights approximatly 2 miles downstream from the County Route 13 bridge begin to be affected by water.
25 Low lying areas near the river in Kanawha Falls and Glen Ferris start to have water problems.
(1) Staff gages

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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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