Characterization of Peak Streamflow and Stages at Selected Streamgages in Eastern and Northeastern Oklahoma from the May to June 2019 Flood Event—With an Emphasis on Flood Peaks Downstream from Dams and on Tributaries to the Arkansas River

Open-File Report 2020-1090
Prepared in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
By: , and 

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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 and its tributaries in eastern and northeastern Oklahoma. The flooding along the Arkansas River and its tributaries that began in May continued into June 2019. Peaks of record were measured at nine U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) streamgages on various streams in eastern and northeastern Oklahoma. This report documents the peak streamflows and stages for 38 selected streamgages in eastern and northeastern Oklahoma and is a followup to a previous report by the USGS that documented flood peaks associated with the May 2019 flood event. Most of the flood peaks occurred from May 26 to June 4, 2019. This report includes data from streamgages on tributaries to the Arkansas River and uses modeling methods to extend the period of record for Arkansas River streamgages. 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. Several USGS and USACE streamgages along the Arkansas River and its tributaries recorded new peaks of record.

Suggested Citation

Lewis, J.M., Williams, D.J., Harris, S.J., and Trevisan, A.R., 2020, Characterization of peak streamflow and stages at selected streamgages in eastern and northeastern Oklahoma from the May to June 2019 flood event—With an emphasis on flood peaks downstream from dams and on tributaries to the Arkansas River: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1090, 18 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201090.

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 Characterization of peak streamflow and stages at selected streamgages in eastern and northeastern Oklahoma from the May to June 2019 flood event—With an emphasis on flood peaks downstream from dams and on tributaries to the Arkansas River
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2020-1090
DOI 10.3133/ofr20201090
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Oklahoma Water Science Center
Description Report: iv, 18 p.; Data Release
Country United States
State Oklahoma
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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