This report is respectfully dedicated to the memory of John Patton.
John Patton, the co-author of this report, worked for the
National Weather Service (NWS) for 27 years. Born in Haskell, Tex.,
on May 11, 1939, he received a Bachelor's degree in meteorology
at Texas A&M University and later pursued a master's degree
in the water resources program of the Civil Engineering Department.
He joined the NWS in 1972 in Palmdale, Calif., and worked as a Hydrologist
at the Salt Lake City River Forecast Center from 1974 to 1984. In
1984 John came back home to Texas as the Senior Service Hydrologist
for the Austin-San Antonio forecast office of the NWS. During his
15 years in San Antonio, John worked on many floods and compiled
photographs and information on many catastrophic floods in Texas.
John was a regional authority on flash flooding and river flooding in
South Texas. He gave generously of his time in outreach, support, and
training for professionals, laymen, and volunteers in weather and hydrological
support activities. In 1993 he received the Department of Commerce Bronze
Medal for meritorious performance in the hydrologic warnings and services
of South Texas. In 1998 John received the Max Koehler award, the highest
award in the country for operational hydrology.
Many years ago John and Raymond Slade, Jr., the other author of
this report, planned to co-author a report on floods in Texas. A
few years ago, they agreed that their data, information, and photographs
regarding floods would best be presented on a compact disk. John
contributed many of the photographs in this report and written
descriptions of many Texas floods. John died on December 23,
1999, just weeks after completing his contributions to this report.
He was known in Texas as Mr. Flood and will be missed by all who
Raymond M. Slade, Jr., has been a Hydrologist with the U.S.
Geological Survey (USGS) since 1971, serving in Wichita Falls, Fort
Worth, and Austin. He has been the Surface-Water Specialist for
the Texas District of the USGS since 1994. Raymond has authored
more than 70 reports about water resources of Texas, many of which
include streamflow and floods. Raymond retired from the USGS in
Raymond has served on theses and dissertation committees for many
students and as guest lecturer on water resources at several Texas
universities. He has prepared many talks and papers for local, Statewide,
and national conferences and conventions and has represented the
USGS at State and Federal judicial and administrative hearings and
proceedings. Raymond has served as a water-resources expert on technical
and advisory committees for many agencies including the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Natural
Resource Conservation Commission, Texas Water Development Board,
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Public
Safety, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, Lower
Colorado River Authority, and City of Austin.
Raymond was assisted by USGS intern Taylor Bentley and the
volunteer efforts of Jon Burnett. Gail Sladek
and Gloria Smith, USGS, provided substantial effort
in reviewing and finalizing this report.
Significant contributions also were made by Nyzette Rydell
and others at the NWS.
Marshall Frech, director of the floodsafety.com
public service effort served as the project producer. FloodSafety.com
is a comprehensive flood safety education project coordinated through
partnerships with municipalities, flood control districts, river
authorities, and other agencies by way of the Web site floodsafety.com.
Andrea Forte worked as information designer and HTML programmer
with support from Jason Cooper and Jay Forbes.