Flood of September 20-23, 1969 in the Gadsden County area, Florida

Bridges, W.C. and Davis, D.R. (1972) Flood of September 20-23, 1969 in the Gadsden County area, Florida. Tallahassee, FL, Florida Geological Survey, (Information circular - Florida Geological Survey, 79)

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Abstract

The center of low pressure of a tropical disturbance which moved northward in the Gulf of Mexico, reached land between Panama City and Port St. Joe, Florida, on September 20, 1969. This system was nearly stationary for 48 hours producing heavy rainfall in the Quincy-Havana area, 70-80 miles northeast of the center. Rainfall associated with the tropical disturbance exceeded 20 inches over a part of Gadsden County, Florida, during September 20 through 23, 1969, and the maximum rainfall of record occurred at Quincy with 10.87 inches during a 6-hour period on September 21. The 48-hour maximum of 17.71 inches exceeded the 1 in 100-year probability of 16 inches for a 7-day period. The previous maximum rainfall of record at Quincy (more than 12 inches) was on September 14-15, 1924. The characteristics of this historical storm were similar in path and effect to the September 1969 tropical disturbance. Peak runoff from a 1.4-square mile area near Midway, Florida, was 1,540 cfs (cubic feet per second) per square mile. A peak discharge of 45,600 cfs on September 22 at the gaging station on the Little River near Quincy exceeded the previous peak of 25,400 cfs which occurred on December 4, 1964. The peak discharge of 89,400 cfs at Ochlockonee River near Bloxham exceeded the April 1948 peak of 50,200 cfs, which was the previous maximum of record, by 1.8 times. Many flood-measurement sites had peak discharges in excess of that of a 50-year flood. Nearly $200,000 was spent on emergency repairs to roads. An additional $520,000 in contractual work was required to replace four bridges that were destroyed. Agricultural losses were estimated at $1,000,000. (44 page document)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Flood of September 20-23, 1969 in the Gadsden County area, Florida
Personal Creator/Author:
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Bridges, W.C.
Davis, D.R.
Series Name: Information circular - Florida Geological Survey
Number: 79
Date: 1972
Publisher: Florida Geological Survey
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, FL
Issuing Agency: Florida Geological Survey
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tropical depressions; Florida
Subjects: Atmospheric Sciences
Item ID: 1210
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2008 23:51
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 20:58
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/1210

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