Your basic 75-year flood

I’ve already grumbled about the tornado that buzzcut its way across town Friday night, but no matter how bad things get, they’re always worse somewhere else.

Here’s somewhere else:

Flood depth at the Arkansas River near Muskogee

That record goes back to 1943. I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that after ten days in or near flood, the Arkansas River is within two feet of the record for this area, or that it’s going to be well into June before it drops below flood stage.

(Track this gauge here.)


  1. McGehee »

    27 May 2019 · 12:40 pm

    Last night I was noticing that Dodge City was under a flood something-or-other, don’t remember if it was flash or areal, watch or warning.

    When I look at the Arkansas at Dodge City on Google Maps, there’s no water to be seen. So I joked to Mrs. McG that there, flood stage might be an inch below the riverbed.

    Of course, some of the most spectacular flash floods do happen in dry streambeds, so it’s all well and good for us to laugh way over here in subtropical west Georgia where rainfall amounts that would have folks in Dodge building arks are considered a debilitating drought.

    And as Mrs. McG was duty bound to remind me, floods are the deadliest weather phenomenon there is.

  2. CGHill »

    27 May 2019 · 1:21 pm

    The Arkansas River passes through Dodge City; flood stage is 11 feet, but the river is running at about six feet at the gauge nearest to town. Downstream from Dodge, things are, um, dodgy.

  3. McGehee »

    27 May 2019 · 2:59 pm

    Now that I think of it, I do seem to recall having seen water in the river there when we arrived last fall, returning from our Wyoming vacation. Certainly east of Dodge it gets a lot of inflow from other rivers, such as the Pawnee (which I also remember crossing on that day; rivers in western Kansas are definitely worth noticing).

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