Summary of floods in the United States during 1964

Water Supply Paper 1840-C

Prepared in cooperation with Federal, State, and local agencies



This report describes the most outstanding floods in the United States during 1984. The four most damaging floods during the year were in December in the Far Western States, in March along the Ohio River, in September in central and northern Florida and southern Georgia, and in June in northwestern Montana.

The floods of December in the Far Western States were the most damaging in the history of the area. Record-breaking discharges occurred in an unusually large area Oregon, northern California, western Nevada and Idaho, end southern Washington. Forty-seven lives were lost, and damage amounted to several hundred million dollars.

Two storms in early March along the Ohio River caused maximum discharges of record on many streams in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana and also high dis- charges in parts of Illinois, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Eighteen lives were lost, and flood damage was about /$100 million.

In September, Hurricane Dora, the first hurricane of record to cross north- eastern Florida from the Atlantic Ocean, caused outstanding floods in northern Florida and southern Georgia. Flood damage exceeded $100 million.

The most severe floods of record in northwestern Montana occurred on both sides of the Continental Divide following heavy rains in early June. Thirty lives were lost, and flood damage was about /$55 million.

About /$6 million damage resulted from severe flooding in a  small area in the Papillion Creek basin, in eastern Nebraska, in early June.

In the last half of September, floods from torrential rains in three areas in Texas caused about $1 million damage.

In addition to the floods mentiond above, 21 others of lesser magnitude are considered important enough to be included in this annual summary

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Summary of floods in the United States during 1964
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Water Supply Paper
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U.S. Government Printing Office
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Washington, D.C.
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Utah Water Science Center
vi, 124 p.
United States