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Floods of August and September 2004 in eastern Ohio: FEMA disaster declaration 1556

December 23, 2008

A band of severe thunderstorms at the end of August 2004 and the passage of the remnants of Hurricanes Frances and Ivan during September 2004 caused severe flooding in eastern Ohio during August and September 2004. Record peak streamflow occurred at 12 U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) streamgages. Damages caused by the flooding produced by these storms were severe enough for 21 counties in eastern Ohio to be declared Federal disaster areas. In all, there were 4 storm- or flood-related deaths, 2,563 private structures damaged or destroyed, and an estimated $81 million in damages.

This report describes the meteorological factors that resulted in severe flooding in eastern Ohio during August 27-September 27, 2004, and examines the damages caused by the storms and flooding. Peak-stage, peak-streamflow, and recurrence-interval data are reported for selected USGS streamgages. Flood profiles determined by the USGS are presented for selected streams.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2008
Title Floods of August and September 2004 in eastern Ohio: FEMA disaster declaration 1556
DOI 10.3133/ofr20081291
Authors Andrew D. Ebner, David E. Straub, Jonathan D. Lageman
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2008-1291
Index ID ofr20081291
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Ohio Water Science Center