Verde-Tangle Severe Flood 1993

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This video documents two USGS employees taking a flood measurement during the most severe flood Arizona has seen in 100 years.


Date Taken:

Length: 00:02:58

Location Taken: Tucson, AZ, US


This is Verde Tangle and it’s February 20th,
and it’s 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

1 o’clock.

We’re taking it slow down here to go across
on the cable car, because we’re not certain

that’s there’s plenty of clearance between
the bottom of the car and the top of the water.

So, how much clearance is there Wes, underneath

Five feet?

Four to five feet.

Some of these waves are real close to the
bottom of the cable car.

Oh my gosh.

It’s 100 at 11…

(Velocity Approx.

22 feet/sec)
Man oh man oh man.

That wave is right next to us.

Let’s get out of here.

Whoa, look at that wave!

Higher than the car.

Yeah, let’s get out of here Wes.

It’s coming right at the car.

Look at this wave!

It’s right here, it’s right here in the

Look at that.

Well, we finished our measurement.

It’s 4 o’clock and we need to go over
to the gage and check out.

Wes, this railing is going.

It looks like it’s 22.4 (Gage height 22.4ft).

We’re getting out of here.

For Science
Verde River below Tangle Creek above Horseshow

Dam February 1993 (Discharge 145,000 cubic