Peak Streamflow and Stages at Selected Streamgages on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas, May to June 2019

Open-File Report 2019-1129
Prepared in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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Abstract

As much as 22 inches of rain fell in Oklahoma in May 2019, resulting in historic flooding along the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas. The flooding along the Arkansas River and its tributaries that began in May continued into June 2019. Peaks of record were measured at 12 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages on various streams in eastern and northeastern Oklahoma. This report documents the peak streamflows and stages for seven selected streamgages along the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Most of the flood peaks occurred from May 26 to June 4, 2019. The historic flooding caused homes to fall into the river as a result of bank erosion, forced some towns to be evacuated, and resulted in the highest flood depths in Tulsa, Oklahoma, since 1986. Along the Arkansas River, peak streamflows were recorded at six of the seven selected USGS streamgages, with the seventh streamgage on the Arkansas River having the second highest peak of record at that site since regulation began.

Suggested Citation

Lewis, J.M., and Trevisan, A.R., 2019, Peak streamflow and stages at selected streamgages on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas, May to June 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1129, 10 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191129.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • General Weather Conditions and Rainfall During May 2019
  • Methods
  • Peak Streamflows and Stages
  • Flood Exceedance Probabilities of Peak Streamflows
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Peak streamflow and stages at selected streamgages on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas, May to June 2019
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2019-1129
DOI 10.3133/ofr20191129
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Oklahoma Water Science Center
Description iv, 10 p.
Country United States
State Arkansas, Oklahoma
Online Only (Y/N) Y