Floods of February 1989 in Tennessee

U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Investigations Report 89-4207

by Ferdinand Quinones and Charles R. Gamble

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Rainfall amounts of more than 5 inches during the early morning hours of February 14, 1989, caused flooding in some areas of West and Middle Tennessee. The towns of Lebanon in Middle Tennessee and Obion in West Tennessee were hardest hit. Much of the business district in Lebanon and many residential areas in Obion were flooded. Recurrence intervals for 24-hour rainfall totals were as high as 25 years at some sites but most peak discharges had recurrence intervals of less than 10 years. Rainfall amounts for the period February 13-20, 1989, peak stages and discharges for this flood, the peak of record, and a list of discharge measurements made during the flood are documented in this report.

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