2011 - The Year of the Flood

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2011 proved to be another record-breaking flood year in the United States. USGS Water Science Center personnel from North Dakota to Louisiana measured springtime floods on the Red River of the North, the Ohio River, the Mississippi River, and many tributaries. The Missouri River and its tributaries saw record-breaking snow-melt runoff through the summer, followed closely by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in the fall for the East Coast.

This section outlines some of the nation-wide efforts of the USGS to study and document these record-breaking floods of 2011.  See the "Related Science" tab above for a breakdown of the USGS response.