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Rainfall Summary: September 10-18, 2013

The table below is a comprehensive list of the more significant precipitation reports that were received for the 9-day event period.

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 Location (source) Precipitation Total (in)
 Edgewood 3.4 NW (CoCoRaHS) 5.23
 Edgewood 6.4 N (CoCoRaHS) 4.69
 Golden (COOP) 4.84
 Pojoaque 1 E (CoCoRaHS) 4.31
 Santa Fe 7.7 WNW (CoCoRaHS) 4.20
 Stanley 4.9 SSE (CoCoRaHS) 4.15
 Edgewood 2.1 WNW (CoCoRaHS) 4.12
 Lamy 1.3 WNW (CoCoRaHS)


 Cerrillos 4.5 WSW (CoCoRaHS) 3.80
 Santa Fe Airport (ASOS) 3.72
 Santa Fe 1.1 ENE (CoCoRaHS) 2.98
 Tesuque 0.7 SSW(CoCoRaHS) 2.47


Impact Summary
Santa Fe Date Summary



Water over roadways and several bridges along NM 502 and 30. One car was stuck in the water.  Mudslide reported along NM 502 at Totavi gas station. Power lines also downed in the area. Significant flooding along NM 30.



10 businesses were flooded in Madrid. Most significant damage done to Mine Shaft Tavern and nearby museums. Mud and coal damage to most structures. Gold Mine Road, Rogersville Road, and Puebla Road 76 were cleared of flooding debris.

Near Galisteo


The Galisteo Creek below Galisteo Dam measured its highest crest on record dating back to 1971. The gage was above action stage between 9pm on the 15th and 3pm on the 16th with a record peak crest of 2,850 cfs. Low lying areas along the creek were flooded. NM 22 and Pueblo Route 85 were closed due to flooded arroyo over roadways.


Hydrologic Summary

The Rio Grande at Otowi Bridge crested at 8.09 feet (8,080 cfs) at 1030am MDT September 13, 2013.  This crest compares to a previous crest of 8.44 feet on July 6, 1995 and 7.76 feet on June 8, 1997.  No flooding was observed along the Rio Grande however significant flows into the area from nearby creeks and arroyos created flooding around NM 502 and NM 30.  Action stage is 8 feet, minor flood stage 9 feet, moderate flood stage 13 feet, and major flood stage 17 feet. 



The Galisteo Creek at Rosario crested at 11.65 feet (2,920 cfs) at 200am MDT September 16, 2013.  This crest is the highest crest on record for this location.  The previous record crest was 7.11 feet set back on July 26, 1981.  Significant attention was drawn by this crest as thousands of commuters along Interstate 25 were able to observe bank full and over bank flows in Galisteo Creek.  Many people reported they had never seen the creek that high before and they were right!  Action stage is 9 feet and minor flood stage 9 feet. There has been no determination of moderate and major flood stages for Galisteo Creek.