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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Missouri Basin River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Cache La Poudre River (CO) at Fort Collins are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Upstream Gauge - above Fort Collins Upstream Gauge
Zoom Level:14
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 12
Moderate Flood Stage: 11
Flood Stage: 10
Action Stage: 8.5
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 11.56 ft on 09/13/2013
(2) 10.46 ft on 04/30/1999
(3) 9.54 ft on 05/31/2014
(4) 9.27 ft on 06/12/2010
(5) 8.49 ft on 06/12/2015
(6) 7.88 ft on 06/09/2011
(7) 7.22 ft on 06/09/1997
(8) 7.21 ft on 06/12/2016
(9) 7.05 ft on 05/27/2017
(10) 6.80 ft on 05/23/2021
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 6.80 ft on 05/23/2021
(2) 6.31 ft on 06/01/2020
(3) 5.74 ft on 07/01/2019
(4) 5.49 ft on 05/28/2018
(5) 7.05 ft on 05/27/2017
(6) 7.21 ft on 06/12/2016
(7) 8.49 ft on 06/12/2015
(8) 9.54 ft on 05/31/2014
(9) 11.56 ft on 09/13/2013
(10) 4.48 ft on 07/30/2012
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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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12 College Avenue (U.S. Highway 287) is overtopped north of the Cache La Poudre River Bridge and the flow is directed along East Vine past Redwood Street. Water inundates businesses along East Prospect Road and East Mulberry Street.
11.8 There is a 2 percent chance in any given year of reaching a flood of this magnitude.
10.5 Water inundates businesses along the east side of North College Avenue, East Vine Drive, and East Lincoln Avenue. Structures flood on the south side of East Mulberry Street along the river. The river also begins to impact structures along East Prospect Road.
8.5 The Cache La Poudre River is out of its banks in and near Fort Collins. Water will flow onto bike paths in low lying areas.
(1) Looking Upstream
(2) Looking Downstream

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Observations provided by the U.S. Geological Survey
in cooperation with the City of Fort Collins.

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