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Flood of July 1-5, 1978 on the Kickapoo River, southwestern Wisconsin

January 1, 1981

The Kickapoo River valley in southwestern Wisconsin had a devastating flood ($10 million estimated damages) during July 1-5, 1978. The flash flooding was caused by intense storms on June 30 through July 2. Total rainfall accumulation ranged from 5.8 inches near Ontario to 9.5 inches at La Farge. The resulting flood equaled or exceeded the largest ones recorded since the 1850 's and equaled or exceeded the 100-year flood frequency at the U.S. Geological Survey 's streamflow gages at La Farge and Steuben. Elevation and delineation of the flood are shown on photo mosaics developed from black and white aerial photographs. The 100-mile reach from Wauzeka to Wilton is shown. A summary of the storm conditions causing the flood and an analysis of the rainfall totals, as prepared by the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, are also included. (USGS)

Publication Year 1981
Title Flood of July 1-5, 1978 on the Kickapoo River, southwestern Wisconsin
DOI 10.3133/ha653
Authors Peter E. Hughes, J.S. Hannuksela, W.J. Danchuk
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Hydrologic Atlas
Series Number 653
Index ID ha653
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wisconsin Water Science Center