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Floods of June-July 1982, in Iowa

Open-File Report 85-151

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Abstract

Record flood-peak discharges in June and July, 1982, in southwestern, south-central and east-central Iowa resulted from rainstorms with officially recorded amounts of 6 to 8 inches of rain on soil saturated from persistent moderate to heavy rainfalls that began in May and continued through mid-July. May was the wettest across Iowa since 1959, averaging just over 7 inches statewide to rank as Iowa 's 6th wettest May in 100 years of State records. Statewide rainfall for July averaged in excess of 6 inches to rank among the 3rd wettest July in Iowa since 1958. One of the greatest floods ever recorded in the State occurred on Cedar Creek in south-central Iowa on July 3, 1982. The flood peak discharge at the gaging station near Bussey (05489000) was 4.4 times that of a regional 100-year flood. The gage height exceeded the record flood stage of July 4, 1981, by 5.78 ft. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Floods of June-July 1982, in Iowa
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
85-151
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1986
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
v, 24 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.