Floods of April 18, 1983 on St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Water-Resources Investigations Report 84-4184
Prepared in cooperation with the Virgin Islands Public Works Department



The U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. John experienced the most intense rainfall event in recorded history on April 18, 1983. Rainfall intensities of 2.5 inches per hour, and more than 16 inches in 18 hours were recorded. Almost instantaneous runoff caused widespread flooding near the coastlines of both islands. Parts of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas were inundated with four feet or more of mud and flood water. Harry S. Truman Airport was flooded for two days with two to three feet of ponded water. On St. John, rural areas near Guinea Guy, Fish Bay, and Coral Bay were flooded.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Floods of April 18, 1983 on St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Series title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number 84-4184
DOI 10.3133/wri844184
Year Published 1984
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Caribbean Water Science Center
Description 1 Plate: 37.33 x 21.50 inches
Country United States
State Virgin Islands
Other Geospatial St. John, St. Thomas
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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