Summary of floods in the United States during 1952

Water Supply Paper 1260-F
Prepared in cooperation with Federal, State, and local agencies



Extensive flooding occurred in the basins of the Missouri and upper Mississippi Rivers and the Red River of the North. Other large floods were confined mainly to the States of Texas, Utah, Nevada, and California. The most intense of the large floods was the September flood in south-central Texas, which resulted from rains ranging from 5 to 26 inches in 48 hours on an area of about 1,000 square miles.

Localized floods, in which some streams rose to the highest level in 40 years or more, were widely scattered.

According to the figures compiled by the Weather Bureau, flood losses in the United States in 1952 were about \$254 million, only a fourth of the losses in 1951. Loss of life, however, was slightly higher in 1952 than in 1951.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Summary of floods in the United States during 1952
Series title Water Supply Paper
Series number 1260
Chapter F
DOI 10.3133/wsp1260F
Year Published 1959
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Utah Water Science Center
Description v, 27 p.
First page 687
Last page 713
Country United States
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