Floods - Washington Area Floods

Major floods documented by Washington Weather include:
1) The "Great Fresh" Flood of May 1771
2) The Great Flood of 1889
3) The Flood of 1924
4) The Great Potomac Flood of 1936
5) The Record Flood of 1942
6) The Flash Flood of July 22, 1969
7) The Agnes Flood of June 21-23, 1972
8) The Flood of 1985
9) The Floods of 1996
10) The Extreme Flash Flood of August 11, 2001
11) Potomac River Floods

This page is an excerpt from the book Washington Weather

Pennsylvania Avenue during the Flood of June 2, 1889. The Potomac River crested 12.5 feet above flood stage, flooding many areas of Washington. Library of Congress

Floodwaters reach to the steps of the Jefferson Memorial, October 17, 1942. Washington's rainfall was 6.27 inches, but 10 to 15 inches of rain fell to the west of D.C. NOAA Library

The 1942 Flood -- rainfall for October 11-18, 1942.

The Flood of January 21, 1996 at Great Falls (left) and the normal water level at Great Falls (right). The Potomac River rose 85 feet in 48 hours at Great Falls during the Flood of January 1996. The flood marker shows how the Potomac River floods have compared at Great Falls, which is located about 15 miles upstream from Washington. The Flood of January 1996 is the fifth largest flood in the past 100 years. National Park Service

Street flooding in Washington during the Flood of August 11, 2001. The flash flooding of August 11 occurred along a narrow band from Warrenton, Virginia through Fairfax County, and extended into northern D.C. Up to 7 inches of rain fell on parts of Washington. WJLA

June 8, 2003: Kayaker negotiates the floodwater at Great Falls on the Potomac. The river was swollen due to recent heavy rain. Dulles recorded 1.78" of rain the previous day and National Airport recorded 1.28". Click here to enlarge. Photo Credit: Kevin Ambrose

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