Floods of March 1978, in the Maumee River basin, northeastern Indiana

Open-File Report 81-695



Floods in the Maumee River basin in northeastern Indiana in March 1978 resulted in heavy damage in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. Flood damage in Fort Wayne was estimated by the Mayor to be 11 million dollars. Approximately 15 percent of the city was inundated, and 2,400 of its 190,000 residents were forced to leave their homes. The estimate of damage in Adams and Allen Counties by Civil Defense officials was 44 million dollars. The Maumee River at New Haven exceeded the peak stage of record, 21.4 feet, by 2.2 feet. The peak discharge at this stream-gaging station, 22,400 cubic feet per second, was about equal to that of a 75-year flood. Recurrence intervals of peak flows on streams tributary to the Maumee River ranged from 5 to 50 years. Records of peak and daily discharges and some precipitation data are given in this report. 

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Floods of March 1978, in the Maumee River basin, northeastern Indiana
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 81-695
DOI 10.3133/ofr81695
Year Published 1981
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Indianapolis, IN
Description iv, 18 p. ill., map ;28 cm.
First page 1
Last page 18
Country United States
State Indiana, Ohio
County Adams, Allen
City New Haven
Other Geospatial Maumee River Basin
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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