Pilot Project for a Hybrid Road-Flooding Forecasting System on Squaw Creek, TR-642

(2014) Pilot Project for a Hybrid Road-Flooding Forecasting System on Squaw Creek, TR-642. Transportation, Department of


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A network of 25 sonic stage sensors were deployed in the Squaw Creek basin upstream from Ames Iowa to determine if the state-of-the-art distributed hydrological model CUENCAS can produce reliable information for all road crossings including those that cross small creeks draining basins as small as 1 sq. mile. A hydraulic model was implemented for the major tributaries of the Squaw Creek where IFC sonic instruments were deployed and it was coupled to CUENCAS to validate the predictions made at small tributaries in the basin. This study demonstrates that the predictions made by the hydrological model at internal locations in the basins are as accurate as the predictions made at the outlet of the basin. Final rating curves based on surveyed cross sections were developed for the 22 IFC-bridge sites that are currently operating, and routine forecast is provided at those locations (see IFIS). Rating curves were developed for 60 additional bridge locations in the basin, however, we do not use those rating curves for routine forecast because the lack of accuracy of LiDAR derived cross sections is not optimal. The results of our work form the basis for two papers that have been submitted for publication to the Journal of Hydrological Engineering. Peer review of our work will gives a strong footing to our ability to expand our results from the pilot Squaw Creek basin to all basins in Iowa.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Flood damage, Flood hydrographs, Floods, Hydrology, Squaw Creek
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Environment > Water
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 18240
Deposited By: Leighton Christiansen
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2014 13:07
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2014 13:07
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/18240