Debris flow hazard assessment for the Oregon Caves National Monument

Water-Resources Investigations Report 83-4100



After experiencing a devastating debris flow in the Oregon Caves National Monument, the National Park Service needs an evaluation of the hazard of additional flows. Soil properties at six random sites were compared with those at the source of the debris flow. Although all sites had soils that could become unstable with sufficient moisture, soil at one site had properties similar to those at the scar and the potential for another flow was confirmed. The report suggests that winter weather conditions be closely monitored and compared to the antecedent conditions prior to the known failure. When the threshold for additional mass wasting is believed imminent, appropriate action can be taken to insure the safety of work personnel and the public. The peak streamflow that preceded the 5,200 cu yds of debris is estimated to have a 0.5 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year. (USGS)

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Debris flow hazard assessment for the Oregon Caves National Monument
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 83-4100
DOI 10.3133/wri834100
Edition -
Year Published 1983
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Contributing office(s) Oregon Water Science Center
Description v, 25 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.