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Effects of Urbanization on Floods in the Houston, Texas Metropolitan Area

Water-Resources Investigations Report 73-3

Prepared in cooperation with the city of Houston
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Abstract

Rainfall and runoff data from drainage basins in the Houston metropolitan area and a 60-year rainfall record for the National Weather Service station, Houston-City, were used to simulate 60 annual flood peaks at 26 sites. Selected frequency characteristics, based on these simulated annual peaks, are related to drainage area and percentage of impervious area. These relations, which may be used to estimate the flood characteristics at ungaged sites, indicate that in the Houston metropolitan area, complete urbanization increases the magnitude of a 2-year flood nine times and increases the magnitude of a 50-year flood five times.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Effects of Urbanization on Floods in the Houston, Texas Metropolitan Area
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
73-3
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1973
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
iv, 50 p.