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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the South Platte River at Henderson 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: 15
Moderate Flood Stage: 13
Flood Stage: 11
Action Stage: 10
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 17.67 ft on 05/06/1973
(2) 16.93 ft on 06/17/1965
(3) 14.91 ft on 05/08/1969
(4) 12.45 ft on 05/09/1957
(5) 11.65 ft on 09/12/2013
(6) 11.40 ft on 06/12/2015
(7) 11.35 ft on 06/27/1983
(8) 11.24 ft on 07/20/1985
(9) 11.00 ft on 05/17/1995
(10) 10.90 ft on 08/24/1992
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 7.27 ft on 06/26/2021
(2) 7.22 ft on 05/24/2020
(3) 7.19 ft on 07/20/2019
(4) 6.84 ft on 07/24/2018
(5) 8.18 ft on 05/18/2017
(6) 7.39 ft on 04/29/2016
(7) 11.40 ft on 06/12/2015
(8) 9.02 ft on 07/31/2014
(9) 11.65 ft on 09/12/2013
(10) 8.31 ft on 09/12/2012
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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15.5 Widespread, major flooding occurs with numerous roads and streets inundated and impassable. The river levels rise to the base of bridges resulting in flooding of bridges or bridge approaches.
15.2 This level represents a flood that has a 2-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. For more information click here.
15 There is major flooding along the river including damage in Henderson and Brighton.
13 There is significant damage to agricultural lands along the river.
11.1 The river overflows its banks causing flooding downstream of Brighton and begins to affect agricultural lands. 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.
10 There is minor overbank flow into low lying areas along the river.
9.5 Water overtops bike paths along the South Platte River.
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