In 2021, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District and the Texas Water Development Board, studied floods to produce a library of flood-inundation maps for the Sabinal River near Utopia, Texas. Digital flood-inundation maps were created for a 10-mile reach of the Sabinal River from USGS streamgage 08197936 Sabinal River below Mill Creek near Vanderpool, Tex., at the upstream boundary of the study reach, to USGS streamgage 08197970 Sabinal River at Utopia, Tex. (hereinafter referred to as the “Utopia gage”), at the downstream boundary of the study reach, and for a 7-mile reach of the West Sabinal River. The flood-inundation maps depict estimates of the areal extent and depth of flooding corresponding to selected gage heights (the water-surface elevation at a streamgage, commonly referred to as “stage”) at the Utopia gage. Water-surface elevations were computed for the stream reach by means of a two-dimensional unsteady-state diffusion wave model with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System program. A synthetic stage-discharge rating curve at the Utopia gage was developed using a regional regression equation to construct the model boundary condition inputs, and the upper bound of the stage-discharge relation was matched to a major flood event in July 2002. The hydraulic model was used to compute water-surface elevations for 35 stages at 0.5-foot (ft) increments referenced to the Utopia gage datum and ranging from 11 ft (near bankfull) to 28 ft (estimated peak stage during the July 2002 flood event). These flood-inundation maps, in conjunction with the real-time stage data from the Utopia gage, are intended to help guide the public in taking individual safety precautions and provide emergency management personnel with a tool to efficiently manage emergency flood operations and postflood recovery efforts.
|Title||Flood-inundation maps created using a synthetic rating curve for a 10-mile reach of the Sabinal River and a 7-mile reach of the West Sabinal River near Utopia, Texas, 2021|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Scientific Investigations Report|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center|