Black Hills Area Floods - 1981 to 1990

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Black Hills Area Floods - 1981 to 1990

Look under the Multimedia table for pictures and more information regarding the event date and location, flow data (if available), a brief summary of the event, and links to available photographs or scanned newspaper articles.

The northern Black Hills were very wet in May 1982 (Driscoll and others, 2000), and peaks of record flow were recorded for stations along Horse Creek and the Belle Fourche River (table Biggest Peaks).  Large peak flows also were recorded along Spearfish Creek, Redwater River, and Whitewood Creek. In general, precipitation was low in all Black Hills counties during the late 1980s (Driscoll and others, 2000), which corresponds with a general dearth of large peak flows during this period.



Driscoll, D.G., Hamade, G.R., and Kenner, S.J., 2000, Summary of precipitation data for the Black Hills area of South Dakota, water years 1931–98: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00–329, 151 p.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2008, The Rapid City flood of 1972—historic Black Hills floods, accessed December 12, 2008, at

U.S. Geological Survey, 2009, National Water Information System (NWISWeb)—Peak streamflow for South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey database,