Techniques for estimating flood depths for Oklahoma streams

Water-Resources Investigations Report 76-2



Regional relations are defined for estimating the depths of floods having recurrence intervals ranging from 2 to 100 years for both natural and urban streams in Oklahoma. Contributing drainage area and the 2-year 24-hour rainfall are the only independent variables required for estimating flood depths for natural streams. For urban streams the percentage of the basin impervious and served by storm sewers is also required. The only limitations are that the stream be unregulated, that the main channels be unimproved, and that the contributing drainage area and the 2-year 24-hour rainfall be in the range of values used to derive the relations. The standard errors of estimate range from 24 percent for the 50- and 100-year floods to 33 percent for the 2-year flood for the natural streams. The estimation error for urban streams is not evaluated due to paucity of data. Although the flood depths estimated from techniques presented in this report are considered less reliable than those obtained from field surveys and hydraulic computations, the ease and simplicity of their determination are expected to make them useful for many purposes.

Data on flood depths for 132 gaging stations are given in table 1.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Techniques for estimating flood depths for Oklahoma streams
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 76-2
DOI 10.3133/wri762
Year Published 1976
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description v, 38 p.
Country United States
State Oklahoma
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