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Little Cottonwood Creek near Salt Lake City Stage (ft)Flow (kcfs)LCTU1(plotting HGIRG) Graph Created (12:07PM Feb 3, 2023)Flood Flow is 0.8 kcfs
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Reliability of the Forecast: Based on unobstructed flow

NOTE: Forecasts for the Little Cottonwood Creek near Salt Lake City are issued routinely year-round.

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Historic Crests
(1) 1,260 cfs on 09/26/1982
(2) 800 cfs on 08/19/1983
(3) 705 cfs on 06/08/1912
(4) 698 cfs on 05/30/2005
(5) 672 cfs on 06/11/1921
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 623 cfs on 06/20/2009
(2) 668 cfs on 06/05/2008
(3) 562 cfs on 07/26/2007
(4) 651 cfs on 05/30/2006
(5) 698 cfs on 05/30/2005
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 4 cfs on 01/10/1934
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5.5 Major flooding is forecast for Murray Park and structures adjacent to the park. Ponding is anticipated to impact State St. near the park and traffic will be affected in the northbound lanes. Any structure adjacent to Little Cottonwood Creek is in danger of structural damage due to the high flows. Damage at the early stages of the flood will take the shape of extensive bank erosion leading to structural damage. Areas near the Willows condos, Wheeler Farm, and all structures lining the banks are at risk.
5.3 Moderate flooding is forecast for Murray Park, and structures adjacent to the park. Additionally, flooding will occur on State St. in the northbound lanes at the park. Any structure lining Little Cottonwood Creek in the town of Murray is at risk for flood damage. These areas include the Willows condominiums, Wheeler Farm, and areas upstream from Murray Park.
4.9 Minor flooding is expected at Murray Park, and building adjacent to the park. Flooding and ponding of water is anticipated on State St. in the northbound lanes. Structures in Murray just upstream and downstream of Murray Park along Little Cottonwood Creek can expect extensive erosion, and most likely structural damage. These areas include the Willows condominiums, Wheeler Farm, and structures built on Little Cottonwood Creek from the mouth of the canyon to the confluence of the Jordan River.
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Latitude: 40.577778° N, Longitude: 111.797222° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

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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
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