Peak streamflow on selected streams in Arkansas, December 2015

Open-File Report 2016-1198



Heavy rainfall during December 2015 resulted in flooding across parts of Arkansas; rainfall amounts were as high as 12 inches over a period from December 27, 2015, to December 29, 2015. Although precipitation accumulations were highest in northwestern Arkansas, significant flooding occurred in other parts of the State. Flood damage occurred in several counties as water levels rose in streams, and disaster declarations were declared in 32 of the 75 counties in Arkansas.

Given the severity of the December 2015 flooding, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), conducted a study to document the meteorological and hydrological conditions prior to and during the flood; compiled flood-peak gage heights, streamflows, and flood probabilities at USGS streamflow-gaging stations; and estimated streamflows and flood probabilities at selected ungaged locations.

Suggested Citation

Breaker, B.K., 2017, Peak streamflow on selected streams in Arkansas, December 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1198, 7 p.,

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Estimating Peak Streamflows
  • Probabilities of Peak Streamflows
  • Selected References

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Peak streamflow on selected streams in Arkansas, December 2015
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2016-1198
DOI 10.3133/ofr20161198
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center
Description 7 p.
Country United States
State Arkansas
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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