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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the California Nevada River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Merced River at Pohono Bridge are issued routinely year-round.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 20
Moderate Flood Stage: 12.5
Flood Stage: 10
Action Stage: 0
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 23.43 ft on 01/03/1997
(2) 21.52 ft on 12/23/1955
(3) 20.98 ft on 11/19/1950
(4) 20.10 ft on 12/11/1937
(5) 16.96 ft on 12/23/1964
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 12.08 ft on 05/22/2023 (P)
(2) 8.05 ft on 01/01/2023
(3) 12.54 ft on 05/16/2005
(4) 9.56 ft on 05/31/2003
(5) 23.43 ft on 01/03/1997
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.09 ft on 12/11/1991
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23.45 Flood of record...1/3/97. $178 million damage to Yosemite Valley.
13.6 Lift stations at Housekeeping Camp and Yosemite Creek flooded. Southside Drive at Chapel Meadow impassable.
12.5 Northside Drive at Wosky Pond, El Capitan crossover, and Sentinel crossover are impassable to vehicles.
12 Water on road at Northside Drive, Southside Drive, El Capitan crossover, Sentinel crossover, and Highway 140 near Cookie Cliff.
11.4 Water begins to overtop road curbs on Northside Drive. Swinging Bridge overtops.
10 Merced River at Pohono Bridge begins to rise out of its banks. Flood Stage.
9.5 Lower Pines and Housekeeping Camp begin flooding.

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