Periodic River Raisin Flooding

Flood Insurance may be needed but where?

  

 East Elm Avenue looking West from near The New York Central (now Conrail) bridge.  This bridge, other bridges, piers and the fill material required for the approaches may restrict the river flow and may exacerbate flooding upstream.

From the David Alkire Smith Collection taken January 1969.

 

 

 View of Old New York Central Railroad bridge (now Conrail) looking upstream.

From the David Alkire Smith Collection taken January 1969.

 

City workers attempting to move ice jam with dynamite.

From the David Alkire Smith Collection taken January 1969.

 

View of Winchester Street Bridge

(presently replaced with a new structure)

Looking Upstream.

From the David Alkire Smith Collection taken January 1969.

 

This Photograph was taken from the front yard of 137 Riverview looking South showing the extent that flood water has backed up from Elm Avenue January 1969.

From the David Alkire Smith Collection taken January 1969.

Notes on the photographs:  These photographs are all taken By David Alkire Smith using a 4 by 5 speed graphic using the normal 135 mm lens.  The Tri-X pan film was developed normally in DK-50 developer. These photographs are all shown uncropped.  When scanned at 1200 dpi they produce eight bit TIFF files of approximately 23 MB size.  Digital copies of these photos are used by and remain available to researchers and urban planners. Contact: David Alkire Smith

 

NWS Data Historic Data  NOTE: The January 1969 flood may not have been severe enough for the list.  The historic trend is for the flooding to become more severe in Monroe as upstream drainage improvements continue to be made.  This simple engineering fact should not be lost on urban planners.

Historic Crests for MONROE CITY on the RIVER RAISIN.  Flood Stage: 9.0 ft
 (1) 13.40 ft on 02/14/1984
 (2) 12.10 ft on 12/27/1977
 (3) 11.70 ft on 03/15/1982
 (4) 11.50 ft on 01/25/1999
 (4) 11.50 ft on 02/23/1994
 (6) 10.69 ft on 02/26/1985
 (6) 10.69 ft on 01/05/1952
 (8) 10.23 ft on 03/23/1978
 (9) 10.10 ft on 09/07/1981
(10) 10.08 ft on 03/29/1950 (12900 cfs) 
9.0  FLOODING BEGINS AT THE MONROE YMCA
9.5  SEVERAL HOMES FLOOD ON THE WESTERN EDGE OF MONROE
8.0  SOME MINOR OVERFLOW BEGINS

 Links:

FEMA: Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration

44CFR65 - Page 338-354

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