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Statistics about Ohio River Floods at Wheeling

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▶  WHEELING HISTORY  ▶  EVENTS  ▶  FLOODS 

▼ Ohio River Flood Statistic Index


Flood stage at Pittsburgh is 25 feet, at Wheeling, 36 feet.

Five recorded floods crested at over 50 feet at Wheeling:

  • 1884 (53.4 ft.); 1907(50.1 ft.); 1913 (51.1); 1936 (55.2 ft.); 1942 (51.5 ft.)

Floods in 1762 and 1763 probably did also, as the crest at Pittsburgh in those years exceeded all but the 1936 flood.

Another feature of river life in the past was low water. The lowest recorded level of the Ohio River at Wheeling was of 2 in. below 0 (0 being the lowest navigable level) in 1908.


Wheeling Floods, 1762 to the present.

Some early Pittsburgh data for years for which we do not have flood information for Wheeling has been added.

Year Date Pittsb. Whlg.   Year Date Pittsb. Whlg.   Year Date ~~~ Whlg.
1762 Jan 9 39.2     1898 Mar. 24 32.1 44.6   1945 Feb. 28   37.2
1763 Mar 9 41.1     1901 Apr.21 30.7 41.8   1945 Mar. 4   36.6
1806 Apr 10 37.1     1902 Mar. 1 35.6 43.3   1945 Mar. 8   47.3
1810 Nov. 9 35.3 48   1903 Mar .1 32.1 40.2   1948 Apr. 15   44.2
1813 Jan 32.2     1904 Jan. 23 33.2 44.2   1950 Dec. 5   40.7
1816 Feb. 36.2     1904 Mar. 4 30.1 39.2   1952 Jan. 28   44
1832 Feb. 10 38.2 48.1   1904 Mar. 8 26.4 36.3   1954 Oct. 17   44.7
1840 Feb. 1 30     1905 Mar. 22 32.2 42.9   1956 Mar. 10   38.3
1846 Mar.15 28.2     1907 Jan. 20 26.5 37   1959 Jan. 23   46
1847 Feb.2 30.1     1907 Mar. 15 38.7 50.1   1960 Apr. 1   42.2
1847 Dec.12 27.2     1908 Feb. 16 33.9 42.8   1963 Mar. 6   40
1848 Dec. 22 26.2     1908 Mar. 20 30.5 39.6   1963 Mar. 21   40.1
1851 Sept. 30 34.2     1910 Mar.1 25.2 37.5   1964 Mar. 7   39.9
1852 Apr. 6 28.2     1911 Jan. 15 27 36.3   1964 Mar. 11   49.7
1852 Apr. 19 35.1 48   1912 Mar. 22 31.3 38.6   1966 Feb. 15   43.1
1858 May 27 29.2     1913 Jan. 9 34.5 44.6   1968 Feb. 1   39.8
1859 Apr. 28 25.2     1913 Jan. 12 29.5 39.4   1967 Mar. 8   37.2
1860 Apr. 11 32.9 43   1913 Mar. 28 33.6 51.1   1970 Apr. 3   37.8
1860 Nov. 1 25.2     1915 Feb. 3 31.6 42.2   1972 Jun. 24   49.3
1861 Sept. 29 34.2 44.2   1918 Feb. 21 30.3 38.7   1972 Jun. 25   47.5
1862 Jan. 21 33.2     1918 Mar. 15 29 38   1975 Feb. 25   36.5
1862 Apr.22 28.6 37   1920 Mar. 13 28 38.4   1979 Feb. 26   37.8
1865 Mar. 4 27.7     1921 Nov. 29 28.6 36.3   1990 Dec.20   36.8
1865 Mar. 18 34.6 41   1924 Jan. 4 30.6 37.3   1991 Jan. 1   39.3
1867 Feb. 15 25.2     1924 Mar. 30 32.4 41.7   1996 Jan. 21   46.1
1867 Mar. 13 26.7     1924 May 13 29.6 38.1   2004 Sept. 19   47.5
1868 Mar. 18 25.2     1927 Jan. 23 29.7 42.5   2005 Jan. 11   42.2
1873 Dec. 14 28 38.8   1927 Dec. 14 30.4 40.9   2007 Mar. 16   33.12
1874 Jan. 3 25.4 38.8   1933 Mar. 15 29.6 42.4   2007 Mar. 24   30.50
1876 Sept. 19 28.2     1936 Mar. 18 46 55.2   2011 Mar. 12   37.22
1877 Jan. 17 27.8     1936 Mar. 26 30.6 39.6          
1881 Feb. 11 26.4 38.8   1937 Jan. 23 32.9 46.2          
1881 June 10 30.3 40.9   1937 Jan. 26 34.5 48.7          
1883 Feb. 5 28 39.7   1937 Apr. 27 35.1 45.9          
1884 Feb. 6 36.5 53.4   1937 Dec. 19 27.5 37.4          
1888 Aug. 22 29.2 32.2   1940 Mar. 31 28.5 38          
1891 Feb. 18 34.5 44.6   1940 Apr. 21 28.2 42.6          
1895 Jan. 8 29 36   1942 Dec. 31 36.6 51.5          
1897 Feb.24 32.7 38.8                    

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