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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 near Chamita 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: 11.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 8
Flood Stage: 6
Action Stage: 5.5
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 11.68 ft on 08/14/1994
(2) 10.45 ft on 05/22/1920
(3) 9.65 ft on 08/12/1929
(4) 9.56 ft on 08/29/1969
(5) 9.50 ft on 05/14/1941
(6) 9.14 ft on 09/18/2013
(7) 8.80 ft on 04/23/1942
(8) 7.95 ft on 08/09/1967
(9) 7.29 ft on 06/18/1984
(10) 7.29 ft on 09/29/1998
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 9.14 ft on 09/18/2013
(2) 6.66 ft on 07/21/2009
(3) 6.33 ft on 04/25/2008
(4) 6.86 ft on 05/11/2005
(5) 6.59 ft on 07/29/2000
(6) 7.29 ft on 09/29/1998
(7) 6.74 ft on 05/22/1995
(8) 11.68 ft on 08/14/1994
(9) 6.89 ft on 06/13/1991
(10) 7.29 ft on 06/18/1984
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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11.5 Water getting dangerously close to bottom of bridges on highway 285 and state route 74. Debris in river may get caught on bridge supports and send water over the roadway. Significant flooding to properties along the Rio Chama and Rio Ojo Caliente is occurring and private roads along the river are impassable.
8 Properties along the Rio Chama and southern reach of the Rio Ojo Caliente are flooded. Private roadways within several hundred yards of the river are impassable.
6 Properties in the flood plain along the Rio Chama and near the junction of the Rio Ojo Caliente will see water in their yards. Impacts can include bank erosion and damage to wells and septic tanks. These impacts will increase in severity at higher river levels.
5.5 Bankfull stage. Properties immediately adjacent to the river upstream of the bridge on SR-74 and especially near the junction with the Rio Ojo Caliente may see water encroach onto low lying areas.
(1) Downriver view from Chamita bridge
(2) Close-up downriver view from Chamita bridge
(3) Chamita bridge view from north bank
(4) Upriver view from Chamita bridge
(5) Low flow view from north bank
(6) Low flow downriver view

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