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Floods in Arkansas, magnitude and frequency characteristics through 1968

Arkansas Geological Commission Water Resources Circular 11

Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Arkansas Geological Commission and Arkansas State Highway Commission
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Abstract

Techniques are presented for estimating the magnitude and frequency of floods on Arkansas streams. Modern topographic maps now available and computer techniques facilitate in making a comprehensive analysis in which physical and climactic characteristics of river basins are related to flood characteristics at gaging stations. Equations derived from the analysis make it possible to estimate the magnitude of future floods with recurrence intervals of as much as 50 years on gaged and ungaged streams that have drainage areas of 0.1-3,000 square miles. An estimate of the future flood potential can be used to locate and design flood-control structures, establish flood-insurance rates, and devise flood-zoning plans.

Appendixes in the report contain data on flood characteristics of gaged drainage basins, a summary of climatic and topographic characteristics of drainage basins, peak stages and discharges for gaging stations that have 5 or more years of record, and peak-flow data for outstanding floods at miscellaneous sites.

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Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
State/Local Government Series
Title:
Floods in Arkansas, magnitude and frequency characteristics through 1968
Series title:
Arkansas Geological Commission Water Resources Circular
Series number:
11
Year Published:
1971
Language:
English
Publisher:
Arkansas Geological Commission
Publisher location:
Little Rock, Arkansas
Description:
viii, 21, A-26, B-199 p.
Country:
United States
State:
Arkansas