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Rio Grande at Espanola Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesESPN5(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (10:45AM May 19, 2024)Flood Stage is 9.5 ft
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NOTE: River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 24 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time.

NOTE: We are looking for a volunteer to monitor this river gauge. If interested, contact the local NWS office.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Rio Grande at Espanola are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 13
Moderate Flood Stage: 11.5
Flood Stage: 9.5
Action Stage: 8
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 10.40 ft on 05/15/1941
(2) 9.60 ft on 04/24/1942
(3) 9.40 ft on 05/26/1905
(4) 9.00 ft on 05/23/1920
(5) 8.90 ft on 05/17/1944
(6) 8.80 ft on 06/08/1948
(7) 8.73 ft on 06/09/1979
(8) 8.70 ft on 05/09/1952
(9) 8.67 ft on 05/14/1985
(10) 8.61 ft on 05/30/1958
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 6.41 ft on 05/25/1992
(2) 7.49 ft on 05/01/1987
(3) 8.67 ft on 05/14/1985
(4) 8.73 ft on 06/09/1979
(5) 7.78 ft on 05/22/1973
(6) 8.61 ft on 05/30/1958
(7) 8.70 ft on 05/09/1952
(8) 7.90 ft on 06/20/1949
(9) 8.80 ft on 06/08/1948
(10) 8.10 ft on 05/13/1945
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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11.5 Flow in the Rio Grande below the confluence with the Rio Chama exceeds 20 thousand cubic feet per second and significant overbank flooding is occurring above and below Espanola. Earthen levees protecting the city and the water filtration plant are threatened by the unusually high water levels. Irrigation canals in the area will likely sustain significant flood damage.
9.5 Areas above and below Espanola will begin to flood. Most of the area affected by flooding is farmland or pasture land. The main sections of the city of Espanola are protected by levees to 11.5 feet or slightly higher.
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Latitude: 35.988056° N, Longitude: 106.075000° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 9.5 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
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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 Not Available Not Available  
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