Flood of September 18-19, 2004 in the Upper Delaware River Basin, New York

Open-File Report 2005-1166
Prepared in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency



The interaction between the remnants of tropical depression Ivan and a frontal boundary in the upper Delaware River basin on September 18-19, 2004, produced 4 to more than 6 inches of rainfall over a 5-county area within a 24-hour period. Significant flooding occurred on the East Branch Delaware River and its tributaries, and the main stem of the Delaware River. The resultant flooding damaged more than 100 homes and displaced more than 1,000 people. All of the counties within the basin were declared Federal disaster areas, but flood damage in New York was most pronounced in Delaware, Orange, and Sullivan Counties. Flood damage totaled more than $10 million. Peak water-surface elevations at some study sites in the basin exceeded the 500-year flood elevation as documented in flood-insurance studies by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Flood peaks at some long-term U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamflow-gaging stations were the highest ever recorded.

Suggested Citation

Brooks, L.T., 2005, Flood of September 18-19, 2004, in the Upper Delaware River basin, New York: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005–1166, 123 p., https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20051166.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Rainfall
  • Flood Discharge and Frequency
  • Effects of Reservoirs on Downstream Flooding
  • Peak Water-Surface Elevations at Flood Study Sites
  • Flood Damage
  • Summary
  • Acknowledgments
  • References Cited
  • Appendix
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Flood of September 18-19, 2004 in the Upper Delaware River Basin, New York
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2005-1166
DOI 10.3133/ofr20051166
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) New York Water Science Center
Description iv, 123 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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