Floods of unusual magnitude in volume for the three-month period in Oklahoma and western Arkansas resulted from several heavy rains. In one storm period 20 inches of precipitation fell within 24 hours, on May 15, 16, near Hennessey, Okla., according to information obtained by a 'bucket survey.' Total precipitation for the three-month period at many points of observation equaled the normal yearly totals.
Ten lives are known to have been lost. Hundreds of families were evacuated from lowlands where homes were inundated for many days. The Arkansas River at Van Buren, Ark., was above flood stage for 74 days.
This report contains tabulation of peak stages and discharges for 96 gaging stations, 9 sites other than gaging stations, maximum contents of 11 reservoirs, isohyetal maps showing total precipitation by months and for the three-month period, and other data related to the floods.
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Floods of April-June 1957 in Oklahoma and western Arkansas