Flood Potential in the Lower Colorado Basin


The following are generalized discussions of the flood potential due to snowmelt in the Lower Colorado River drainage as of April 1, 1996. Discussions are segregated by state. It is important to understand that the potential for flooding may increase dramatically if snowmelt accelerates rapidly due to above normal temperatures or if significant rain events occur.


ARIZONA: Due to the very low snowpack in this basin no significant peaks due to snowmelt are expected at this time.


NEW MEXICO: Due to the very low snowpack in this basin no significant peaks due to snowmelt are expected at this time.


UTAH: The potential for snowmelt flooding along the Virgin and Santa Clara Rivers is not high at this time. Snowpacks are much below normal for this time of year. April through July runoff volumes are forecasted to be much below normal and no individual sites are expected to exceed flood stage.


Snowmelt Peak Flow Forecasts - April, 1996
Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (http://www.cbrfc.gov)
Last Modified: Thursday, 11-Apr-1996 07:24:33 MDT