Flood Forecasting with Minimal Data

by Gary R. Dyhouse, Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, MO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Hydrology


The Corps of Engineers' HEC-1 program has been used with a specialized pre-processor program to provide interim emergency flood forecasting for a 4000 sq mi (10,360 sq km) watershed in east-central Missouri. Results to date have been excellent despite inadequate real-time data, particularly rainfall information. Flood crests have been predicted within 1-2 ft (0. 3-0. 6 m) with 24-48 hr warning time on all but one occasion.

Subject Headings: Floods | Forecasting | Hydrologic data | Watersheds | Hydrologic engineering | Emergency management | Rainfall | Disaster warning systems | Missouri | United States

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