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Floods of January-February 1959 in Indiana

Circular 440

Indiana flood Control and Water Resources Commission; the Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Water Resources; the State Highway Department of Indiana; the State Board of Health; and the Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army
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Abstract

The floods of January-February 1959 in Indiana exceeded those previously known on many streams in the southeastern portion of the State in January and on several streams in the Wabash Valley during February. At least 3 lives were lost, more than 2,000 people were evacuated, and dozens of bridges were washed away.

Heavy rains falling on frozen ground caused unusually high runoff. Rainfall was greater in the January storm than in the February storm, but melting of snow that had accumulated before the February storm augmented the runoff in February.

Previous maximum stages during the period of record were exceeded at 26 gaging stations. The peak discharge of Big Indian Creek near Corydon, and peak stages of Laughery Creek near Farmers Retreat and Vernon Fork at Vernon on January 21, were greater than any since at least 1897. The peak stage of Wabash River at Huntington on February 10 exceeded that of the historical 1913 flood by 0.5 foot.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Floods of January-February 1959 in Indiana
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
440
Year Published:
1961
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s):
Indiana Water Science Center
Description:
iv, 23 p. :ill. ;27 cm.
First page:
1
Last page:
23
Country:
United States
State:
Indiana
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