Youghiogheny River At Connellsville

  • STATION.–03082500 YOUGHIOGHENY RIVER AT CONNELLSVILLE, PA
  • LOCATION.–Lat 40`01’03”, long 79`35’38”, Fayette County, Hydrologic Unit 05020006, on left bank at downstream side of Crawford Avenue bridge at Connellsville, 1.2 mi upstream from Mounts Creek, and at mile 44.0.
  • DRAINAGE AREA.–1,326 square miles.
  • PERIOD OF RECORD.–July 1908 to current year. Monthly discharge only for some periods, published in WSP 1305.
  • GAGE.–Water-stage recorder and heated tipping bucket precipitation gage. Datum of gage is 860.13 ft above National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929. Prior to Aug. 15, 1928, non-recording gage, and Aug. 15, 1928 to July 7, 1958, water-stage recorder at same site and datum. July 8, 1958 to Sept. 8, 1959, non-recording gage at site 0.4 mi downstream at different datum. Satellite telemetry at station.
  • COOPERATION.–Station esablished and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey. Funding for the operation of this station is provided by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • REMARKS.–Flow regulated since 1925 by Deep Creek Reservoir, since 1943 by Youghiogheny River Lake 29.4 mi upstream, and by several smaller reservoirs above station.

Flood Categories (in feet)

Major Flood Stage: 18
Moderate Flood Stage: 16
Flood Stage: 12
Action Stage: 9
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Flood Impacts

  • 22′
    The entire area of West Connellsville between the River and Crawford Avenues is flooded.
  • 21.96′
    Water reaches the flood of record…October 16, 1954.
  • 20.28′
    Water reaches the level of the ST. Patricks Day Flood and crest on March 18, 1936.
  • 20′
    Floodwaters enter AMTRAK stop on the right bank about 0.2 miles downstream from the gage.
  • 19′
    Floodwaters reach Chessie railroad tracks along right bank at Crawford Street Bridge.
  • 18′
    Flooding affects several homes and small businesses in the immediate vicinity of the Crawford Street Bridge.
  • 17′
    Water reaches homes in the towns Adelaide and Dawson, downstream of Connelsville.
  • 16′
    About 100 homes on the west side of Connellsville flood in the areas of Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Streets.
  • 14.13′
    Water reaches level of March 3, 2015.
  • 14′
    Several inches of water floods basements of about 30 homes along left bank. River is bankful along the left bank just downstream from the Crawford Street Bridge. Water reaches the level of the Hurricane Ivan flood of September 18, 2004.
  • 12′
    Flooding begins in the vicinity of Yough Park.

Historic Crests
(1) 21.96 ft on 10/16/1954
(2) 20.28 ft on 03/18/1936
(3) 19.30 ft on 03/29/1924
(4) 18.64 ft on 09/14/1971
(5) 18.64 ft on 01/19/1996
(6) 17.28 ft on 03/21/1912
(7) 17.02 ft on 06/05/1941
(8) 16.53 ft on 06/23/1972
(9) 15.87 ft on 04/26/1937
(10) 15.20 ft on 01/22/1917
(11) 15.00 ft on 01/20/1920
(12) 15.00 ft on 03/22/1916
(13) 14.90 ft on 03/04/1934
(14) 14.60 ft on 11/27/1985
(15) 14.55 ft on 03/06/1967
(16) 14.47 ft on 03/14/2010
(17) 14.13 ft on 03/04/2015
(18) 14.11 ft on 03/29/2005
(19) 14.00 ft on 08/06/1956
(20) 14.00 ft on 09/18/2004
(21) 13.75 ft on 08/06/2000
(22) 13.40 ft on 04/05/1984
(23) 13.30 ft on 04/14/2004
(24) 13.30 ft on 04/13/1981
(25) 12.80 ft on 02/05/1986
(26) 12.80 ft on 01/12/2005
(27) 12.70 ft on 01/25/2010
(28) 12.50 ft on 02/19/2000
(29) 12.50 ft on 11/20/2003
(30) 12.20 ft on 12/20/2008 (P)
(31) 11.63 ft on 05/05/2009
(32) 11.44 ft on 03/06/2004
(33) 11.22 ft on 03/05/2015
(34) 10.60 ft on 05/19/2011
(35) 10.15 ft on 03/05/2008
(36) 9.87 ft on 03/15/2007