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Historic Floods Along Arkansas River

Despite often being completely dry during drought conditions in western parts of Kansas, the Arkansas River can become deceptively menacing at high flow and cause millions of dollars in damage. The following paragraphs briefly describe the Arkansas River Basin in Kansas, chronicle the effects of human development on streamflow in the basin, and provide brief descriptions of some of the larger floods.

Image of Arkansas River during flooding

Description of Arkansas River Basin

Effects of Human Development on Streamflows in the Arkansas River Basin

Major Floods Along the Arkansas River

Comparison of Maximum Annual Peak Streamflows for Historic Floods (PDF: 82 KB)


Graphs Showing Peak Streamflows for Selected Gaging Stations

High-Water Mark at Wichita Water Center

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