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Maine coastal storm and flood of February 2, 1976

January 1, 1979

A business section of Bangor, Maine, was flooded with 12 feet (3.7 m) of water on February 2, 1976. The water surface elevation reached 17.46 feet (5.32 m) above national geodetic vertical datum of 1929 (NGVD), approximately 10.5 feet (3.2 m) above the predicted astronomical tide at Bangor. The unusually high water resulted from a tidal storm surge caused by prolonged strong, south-southeasterly winds which occurred near the time of astronomical high tide. Winds exceeded 64 knots off the New England coast. The resulting flood was the third highest since 1846 and is the first documented tidal flood at Bangor. This report documents the meteorological and hydrologic conditions associated with the flooding and also contains a brief description of storm damage from Eastport to Brunswick, Maine. Included are flood elevations in the city of Bangor and along the coast of Maine east of the Kennebec River. (Kosco-USGS)

Publication Year 1979
Title Maine coastal storm and flood of February 2, 1976
DOI 10.3133/pp1087
Authors Richard Arthur Morrill, Edwin H. Chin, W.S. Richardson
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Professional Paper
Series Number 1087
Index ID pp1087
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse