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1997 Floods in the Red River of the North and Missouri River Basins in North Dakota and Western Minnesota

By K.M. Macek-Rowland

 

Open-File Report 97-575

 


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Introduction

Record floods devastated many communities along rivers and streams in the Red River of the North (Red River) and Missouri River Basins in North Dakota and western Minnesota during the spring of 1997.  Record snowfall over much of the region during the winter of 1996-97 along with added precipitation from a late-spring blizzard on April 5-6, 1997, caused the worst flooding in several areas in more than 100 years.  Thousands of people were forced to flee their homes, some permanently, as floodwaters and severe weather caused nearly 2 billion dollars in damages to the region.

 

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), one of the principal Federal agencies responsible for the collection and interpretation of water-resources data, works with other Federal, State, and local agencies to ensure that accurate and timely data are available for making decisions regarding the public's welfare.  This report presents preliminary water-resources data on the 1997 floods that were obtained from selected streamflow-gaging stations located in the Red River and Missouri River Basins.

 

 

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Winter of 1996-97

Floods of 1997

Red River of the North Basin

Missouri River Basin

 

Figures

 

1. Locations of selected streamflow-gaging stations in the Red River of the North and Missouri River Basins.

2. Average annual snowfall, in inches, in the Red River of the North and Missouri River Basins.

3. Total snowfall, in inches, from October 1996 through April 1997 in the Red River of the North and Missouri River Basins.

 

Table

 

1. Historical peak stages and peak streamflows and 1997 peak stages, peak streamflows, and recurrence intervals for selected streamflow-gaging station in the Red River of the North and Missouri River Basins, North Dakota and western Minnesota

 

 

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