ELEVATED RIVER LEVELS
ON THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER
RIVER LEVELS ON THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER NEAR ROSCOE ROSE NEARLY A
FOOT AND A HALF ON APRIL 29TH TO A STAGE OF 6.25 FEET AND REACHED A
PEAK STAGE OF 6.95 FEET WITH A PEAK FLOW OF 3880 CUBIC FEET PER
SECOND ON MAY 4TH. THE RIVER LEVEL AT ROSCOE FELL ONLY SLIGHTLY TO
6.9 FEET ON MAY 5TH WITH A FLOW OF 3750 CUBIC FEET PER SECOND.

FURTHER DOWNSTREAM AT NORTH PLATTE, THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER ROSE
NEARLY A FOOT AND A HALF TO 7.2 FEET WITH A FLOW OF 1500 CUBIC FEET
PER SECOND THE MORNING OF MAY 1ST. THE RIVER LEVEL HAS CONTINUE TO
RISE AND IS CURRENTLY STEADY NEAR 8.39 FEET WITH A FLOW OF 3200
CUBIC FEET PER SECOND.

THE ELEVATED RIVER LEVELS ARE ATTRIBUTED TO PREEXISTING MOIST SOIL
CONDITIONS SINCE LAST FALL. THEN WHEN HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURRED APRIL
22ND THROUGH THE 24TH ACROSS THE LODGEPOLE CREEK BASIN IN THE
SOUTHERN NEBRASKA PANHANDLE AND THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BASIN
UPSTREAM IN NORTHEAST COLORADO...UPSTREAM PORTIONS OF THE SOUTH
PLATTE RIVER ROSE QUICKLY. THIS HIGHER STREAM FLOW SLOWLY MOVED DOWN
STREAM...WHILE AREAS OF HEAVY RAINFALL ALSO CONTINUED DOWNSTREAM
ALONG THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BASIN TO NORTH PLATTE. AS A
RESULT...THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER ROSE QUICKLY TO ITS CURRENT LEVEL.

RIVER LEVELS AT NORTH PLATTE ARE EXPECTED TO PEAK IN THE NEXT DAY OR
TWO THEN SLOWLY FALL THROUGH THE NEXT WEEK.

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by
Kenny Roberg
Matt Masek
May 5, 2010

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