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Flooding in Ohio

Data typically are recorded at 15- to 60-minute intervals, stored onsite, and then transmitted to USGS offices every 1 to 4 hours. Maps, Graphs, and Tables of Current, Recent, and Past Streamflow Conditions. Displayed to the left is the annual peak streamflow at the Great Miami River at Dayton; the peak of record was in 1913. StreamStats is a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) application that allows users to obtain low flow and peak flow statistics on ungaged stream sites in Ohio. In 2008, groundwater flooding occurred in Bellevue, Ohio (more information).  Access current groundwater-level data.

Flooding News

Commemorating The Past, Anticipating Our Future.

3/18/2013 -- The March 1913 flood remains Ohio’s Greatest Natural Disaster. The flood affected many communities— no river in Ohio or in most of Indiana remained in its banks. In Ohio more than 40,000 homes were flooded, and more than 400 people died. In the flood’s aftermath, Miami River watershed residents were asked to "remember the promises you made in the attic" as they were encouraged to build an expansive flood-control system. Efforts over the past 100 years have led to improvements in floodplain conservation, flood-control projects, flood-warning systems, emergency response, and disaster-recovery programs. The USGS now operates a network of real-time streamflow and stage gages that are used to monitor water level and flow, in part to help minimize or mitigate flood damages (streamgaging podcast). Even so, flooding remains Ohio’s greatest natural threat. National Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 18–22, 2013) aims to highlight some of the ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and things people can do to save life and property. (Silver Jackets news release; USGS news release)

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