Saline River Approaches Records
Recent rains have pushed the Saline River in far western Drew County to near record levels. The water reached 30.22 ft. Wednesday on the gage near Rye before dropping to less than 30 ft. later in the day. Flood stage at the Rye gauge is 26 ft. The forecast for more rain in the watershed has prompted the National Weather Service Hydrologic Prediction Service to set a new crest of 30.50 ft. for tomorrow through Friday. The forecast levels do not fall below 29.60 ft. through March 5th.
The highest recorded level for the Saline at Rye was 31.68 ft. in May 1968. It has been above 30 ft. only three other times; 30.8 – 1987, 30.5 – 1927 and 30.02 – 2009.
The flood impacts listed for the Rye gauge are:
30 feet – A few houses and numerous cabins along the river in Ashley, Bradley, and Drew counties may be inundated or isolated.
29 feet – The Railroad Bridge across the river east of Warren effected. State Highway 8 in Eastern Bradley County may be flooded. State Highway 8 Bridge at Longview between Ashley and Bradley counties and numerous county roads along the river flooded.
28 feet – County roads in Southwestern Drew and Eastern Bradley counties may be flooded. Some homes and cabins may be isolated by high water.