Method for Estimating the Magnitude and Frequency of Floods at Ungaged Sites on Unregulated Rural Streams in Iowa, HR-268, 1987

(1987) Method for Estimating the Magnitude and Frequency of Floods at Ungaged Sites on Unregulated Rural Streams in Iowa, HR-268, 1987. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

This report provides techniques and procedures for estimating the probable magnitude and frequency of floods at ungaged sites on Iowa streams. Physiographic characteristics were used to define the boundaries of five hydrologic regions. Regional regression equations that relate the size of the drainage area to flood magnitude are defined for estimating peak discharges having specified recurrence intervals of 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 years. Regional regression equations are applicable to sites on streams that have drainage areas ranging from 0.04 to 5,150 square miles provided that the streams are not affected significantly by regulation upstream from the sites and that the drainage areas upstream from the sites are not mostly urban areas. Flood-frequency characteristics for the mainstems of selected rivers are presented in graphs as a function of drainage area.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Drainage basins, Floods, Peak discharge, Rivers, Rural areas, Flood frequency
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Research
ID Code: 16015
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2014 14:40
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 11:43
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/16015