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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Rifle River near Sterling 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
Flood Stage: 6
Action Stage: 5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 15.72 ft on 05/19/2020
(2) 13.74 ft on 03/28/1950
(3) 12.96 ft on 02/21/2018
(4) 12.62 ft on 03/21/1948
(5) 12.07 ft on 03/25/1939
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 6.75 ft on 04/06/2023 (P)
(2) 7.74 ft on 03/24/2022
(3) 4.72 ft on 03/12/2021
(4) 15.72 ft on 05/19/2020
(5) 7.66 ft on 04/30/2020
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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15 Flooding of property along North Main Street in Omer.
12 Flooding of homes along Pinnacle Drive and Miller Road. Flooding of Crystal Creek Campground along Grove Road.
11 High water impacts property south of Townline Road downstream of Melita Road bridge.
9 High water begins to impact campground at White's Canoe Livery at Melita Road bridge.
6 High water begins to impact canoe livery at River View Campground.
4.5 Bankfull Stage

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