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Bear Creek (CO) at Sheridan Stage (ft)Flow (cfs)Colorado Division of Water ResourcesSHRC2(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (1:15AM Jun 3, 2020)Flood Stage is 8 ft
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Datum: NGVD29
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by reservoir operations.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Bear Creek (CO) at Sheridan 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: 10.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 10
Flood Stage: 8
Action Stage: 7
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 10.50 ft on 05/07/1969
(2) 7.50 ft on 06/04/1995
(3) 6.07 ft on 06/07/2012
(4) 5.91 ft on 06/01/1991
(5) 5.73 ft on 07/25/1998
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 5.27 ft on 07/26/2017 (P)
(2) 4.62 ft on 04/24/2016 (P)
(3) 5.44 ft on 06/05/2015
(4) 4.79 ft on 05/24/2014
(5) 4.83 ft on 09/12/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 2.03 ft on 08/02/2002

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10.8 This level represents a flood that has a 1-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. For more information click here.
10.5 Stage and flow are near the maximum record flood occurring in 1969.
10 Flooding of streets along and bridges crossing the creek is possible. Flooding affects the shopping center at West Dartmouth Avenue and South Sheridan Boulevard.
9 Water is near the base of the South Lowell Boulevard bridge with flooding in the vicinity.
8.6 This level represents a flood that has a 10-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. For more information click here.
8 The shopping center parking lot floods at West Dartmouth Avenue and South Sheridan Boulevard.
7.5 The creek overflows into park areas.
7 There is minor overbank flow into low lying areas downstream of Bear Creek Reservoir.
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Latitude: 39.652300° N, Longitude: 105.032900° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD27

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 8 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 5295 ft 5303 ft 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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