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Flood of April 1987 in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire

Open-File Report 87-460

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Abstract

Widespread flooding ocurred through a large part of New England in early to mid-April 1987. The States affected most by these floods were Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The flooding was the result of two distinct storms-one that brought heavy rains to the area from March 30 to April 2 and the other that brought additional precipitation from April 4 through April 8. Fortunately for the residents of Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, the two storms developed their greatest intensity and dropped the most precipitation over different parts of the three-State area. The first storm combined with meltwater from the snowpack to produce major flooding primarily in the western and south-central parts of Maine. The second storm produced flooding primarily in southern New Hampshire and northeastern and northwestern Massachusetts. Many streams in the affected area produced peaks that exceeded previously known flood heights and discharges, and the recurrence interval of many peak discharges exceeded 100 years. (USGS)

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Flood of April 1987 in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
87-460
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1987
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
v, 35 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.