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Flood of May 5 and 6, 1981, Mobile, Alabama

Open-File Report 81-1054

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Abstract

Heavy and intense rainfall in the late evening and early morning hours, May 5 and 6, 1981, caused widespread flooding along streams and low-lying areas in the port city of Mobile, Ala. More than 12 inches of rain fell between 6 p.m. May 5, and 3 a.m. May 6. Damage caused by flooding was estimated by the Mobile Department of Public Works to be millions of dollars. Maximum water surface elevations on streams in the area were 2 to 3 feet higher than those that occurred during a similar flood in April 1980. The approximate extent of flooding delineated on maps using flood profiles obtained by field surveys will provide a basis for formulating effective flood plain zoning that could minimize existing and future flood problems. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Flood of May 5 and 6, 1981, Mobile, Alabama
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
81-1054
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1981
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
3 maps and 2 data sheets ;103 x 82 cm.