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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the West Gulf River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Dark Canyon at Carlsbad are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

Vertical datum height surveyed by the USGS

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 22
Moderate Flood Stage: 18
Flood Stage: 15
Action Stage: 9
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 22.00 ft on 08/23/1966
(2) 21.62 ft on 09/22/2014
(3) 20.45 ft on 04/04/2004
(4) 19.26 ft on 06/29/2021
(5) 17.85 ft on 09/12/2013
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 19.26 ft on 06/29/2021
(2) 15.02 ft on 09/22/2014
(3) 21.62 ft on 09/22/2014
(4) 17.85 ft on 09/12/2013
(5) 20.45 ft on 04/04/2004
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 1.55 ft on 01/01/1973
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22 the canyon reaches major flood stage, and begins flooding residences and businesses in the vicinity of Canal Street and Dark Canyon Draw in Carlsbad begins. U.S. Highway 285 (Canal Street) is likely to flood, and numerous other city streets will be inundated.
18 the canyon reaches moderate flood stage. A few residences and businesses nearest to the bank near the U.S. Highway 285 bridge (Canal Street) in Carlsbad begin to flood.
15 the canyon reaches minor flood stage, with banks near capacity near the U.S. Highway 285 bridge in Carlsbad. Water is likely to reach the railroad bridge just downstream from the highway bridge. Water should remain under the highway bridge, but numerous city and outlying roads will flood, primarily upstream. Individuals near the Canal Street bridge should be alert to rising water under the bridge.
9 the canyon reaches bankfull, and banks will begin to overflow about 1 mile upstream from the U.S. Highway 285 bridge around San Jose Blvd and Fiesta Drive in Carlsbad. Several secondary roads and a few city streets will likely flood and become impassable.

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