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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the West Gulf River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Rio Chama below Abiquiu 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: 6.3
Moderate Flood Stage: 5.8
Flood Stage: 5.4
Action Stage: 4.8
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 5.52 ft on 05/14/1985
(2) 5.45 ft on 06/12/1970
(3) 5.16 ft on 04/25/1989
(4) 5.01 ft on 06/28/1995
(5) 4.83 ft on 05/15/2004
(6) 4.82 ft on 04/27/2010
(7) 4.80 ft on 05/29/1998
(8) 4.80 ft on 04/19/2005
(9) 4.76 ft on 04/16/2008
(10) 4.73 ft on 05/29/2009
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 4.51 ft on 06/06/2011
(2) 4.82 ft on 04/27/2010
(3) 4.73 ft on 05/29/2009
(4) 4.76 ft on 04/16/2008
(5) 4.70 ft on 05/17/2007
(6) 4.80 ft on 04/19/2005
(7) 4.83 ft on 05/15/2004
(8) 4.80 ft on 05/29/1998
(9) 5.01 ft on 06/28/1995
(10) 5.16 ft on 04/25/1989
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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5.4 Initial flood stage. Approximately 1900cfs Farms and properties along the river will see overbank flooding and encroachment of water into low lying areas. If Rio Ojo Caliente is running at 550cfs or greater properties near the confluence with Rio Chama will see overbank flooding, bank erosion and impacts to structures immediately adjacent to the river. Fishing spots and picnic areas below Abiquiu Dam will be inaccessible.
4.8 Bankfull Stage. Approximately 1460 cfs. Houses near Highway 84 along river will see water begin to encroach their yards. Cattle that cross the river at lower flows may be trapped on one side or the other. If flows out of the Rio Ojo Caliente are 550 cfs or higher properties near and below the confluence with the Rio Chama may encroachment of water onto land immediately adjacent to the river along with bank erosion.

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