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Water-Resources Investigations Report 80–115

Prepared in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Resources

Flood of August 31 - September 1, 1978, in Crosswicks Creek Basin and Vicinity, Central New Jersey

By A.A. Vickers

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A thunderstorm during the evening of August 31, 1978, caused flooding in a small area of south central New Jersey. Maximum peaks of record occurred on the upper Crosswicks Creek basin in the vicinity of Fort Dix, Wrightstown, and New Egypt. At New Egypt, high water crest elevations for Crosswicks Creek were approximately 4 feet higher than the previous maximum recorded on August 28, 1971. Total damages were in excess of 2 million dollars, with 70 houses and 14 businesses affected.

First posted September 20, 2012

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Director, New Jersey Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
810 Bear Tavern Road, Suite 206
West Trenton, New Jersey 08628

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Suggested citation:

Vickers, A.A., 1980, Flood of August 31 - September 1, 1978, in Crosswicks Creek basin and vicinity, central New Jersey: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Resources Investigations Report 80–115, 20 p.






Description of flood

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Flood damage


References cited

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