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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 South Platte 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: 9.5
Moderate Flood Stage: 8.5
Flood Stage: 7
Action Stage: 6
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 11.20 ft on 07/12/1996
(2) 8.95 ft on 06/08/1921
(3) 8.24 ft on 04/30/1970
(4) 8.15 ft on 04/23/1942
(5) 7.96 ft on 06/14/1949
(6) 7.63 ft on 06/14/2015
(7) 7.32 ft on 06/18/1995
(8) 6.90 ft on 06/24/1918
(9) 6.85 ft on 05/22/1973
(10) 6.51 ft on 06/19/1969
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 3.78 ft on 08/19/2021
(2) 3.71 ft on 08/06/2020
(3) 4.80 ft on 07/06/2019
(4) 3.75 ft on 07/23/2018
(5) 4.03 ft on 07/21/2017 (P)
(6) 4.15 ft on 06/14/2016
(7) 7.63 ft on 06/14/2015
(8) 4.61 ft on 06/01/2014
(9) 3.75 ft on 09/16/2013
(10) 3.72 ft on 07/07/2012
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
Currently none available.
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9.5 Major widespread flooding occurs in the canyon.
9 Many bridges crossing the South Platte River are impassable.
8.5 There is moderate flooding of bridges and rural roads. Structures begin to flood along the river.
8 Bridges and rural roads flood along the river.
7.5 High water could cause significant washing, and adversely affect bridges over the river. Campgrounds near the river are flooded.
7 Y Camp Road south of Deckers begins to flood. Campgrounds close to the river may also be impacted.
6.5 There is minor flooding of lowlands adjacent to the South Platte River.
6 The river begins to overflow into low lying areas upstream near Deckers.
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