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Colorado River near Dotsero Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesEGLC2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (1:02PM Mar 6, 2015)ObservedLatest observed value: 2.33 ft at 12:00 PM MST 6-Mar-2015. Flood Stage is 12 ft
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NOTE: Gauge reading may be affected by ice. Forecast flows are unadjusted for ice.

Reliability of the Forecast: Based on current and forecast river, weather and reservoir conditions

NOTE: Forecasts for the Colorado River near Dotsero are issued routinely year-round.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 14
Moderate Flood Stage: 13
Flood Stage: 12
Action Stage: 11.5
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 14.20 ft on 05/25/1984
(2) 12.64 ft on 06/07/2011
(3) 11.89 ft on 06/27/1983
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 5.83 ft on 07/24/2012
(2) 12.64 ft on 06/07/2011
(3) 10.97 ft on 06/08/2010
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.

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25 Flooding is likely along sections of Interstate 70. Major flooding in communities and along roads near the Colorado River.
19.2 Major flooding of homes and property. Large portions of Buffalo Blvd and South River Road are under water. Major flooding and erosion in Glenwood Canyon.
16.5 Foot bridge off of Frontage Road of downstream of Dotsero begins to flood.
16 Houses in the Dotsero community near the Colorado River begin to flood. Sections of South River Road and Buffalo Blvd are likely flooded. Major flooding and damage to agricultural land.
14 Flooding of stilling ponds adjacent to Twin Rivers Village. Flood waters reach yards of some homes in this area.
13 Moderate flooding of agricultural and low lying areas between Dotsero and the upper Glenwood Canyon is possible. Large portions of the bikepath in Glenwood Canyon are flooded.
12 Minor flooding of agricultural and low lying areas between Dotsero and the upper Glenwood Canyon is possible.
11.5 Expect minor low land flooding along the river. The bike path through Glenwood Canyon is flooded in many sections.
7.1 Small sections of the bike trail between the Shoshone Power Plant and the Hanging Lake Parking area begin to flood.
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Latitude: 39.644722° N, Longitude: 107.078056° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 12 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other 6130 ft 6142 ft  

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