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Major and catastrophic storms and floods in Texas: 215 major and 41 catastrophic events from 1953 to September 1, 2002

Open-File Report 2003-193

Prepared in cooperation with the Lower Colorado River Authority, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
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Abstract

Many Texas storms represent some of the largest storms in the world. Flooding from large storms has affected Texas throughout its history, causing many deaths and much economic loss and hardship. Floods occur regularly in Texas, and destructive floods occur somewhere in the State every year. Many of these floods are destructive because they often occur in areas where extreme flooding had not occurred for many years. These floods often are perceived as unexpected or even unprecedented because their peak water-surface elevations (stages) can greatly exceed those of past floods. This report documents major and catastrophic storms and floods in Texas. Storms can be viewed by date, county, or maximum precipitation.

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Table of Contents

  • Opening Page
  • Report Guide
  • Glossary
  • Introduction
    • Background
    • Floods and Drought
  • View Storm Listing by
    • Date Range
    • County of Storm Center
    • Maximum Precipitation
  • Substantial Flood Peaks
    • Maximum Gaged Flood Peaks
    • Ungaged Extreme Flood Peaks
  • Selected WWW Resources
  • Related Documents
    • Measuring and Gaging Streamflow
    • Measuring Precipitation
    • Recent Reports About Floods and Storm Rainfall
    • Patton Narratives
    • Texas Flood Safety
  • Bibliography
  • Dedication and Credits

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Major and catastrophic storms and floods in Texas: 215 major and 41 catastrophic events from 1953 to September 1, 2002
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2003-193
ISBN:
0607922451
Edition:
Version 1.1
Year Published:
2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Texas Water Science Center
Description:
HTML document; 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
Country:
United States
State:
Texas