Historic Flood Information
Information and images on significant floods

All time references are Eastern Standard Time (EST). All data is preliminary. Please see disclaimer prior to use.

JANUARY 2005 FLOOD



With the record rainfall over much of the state of Ohio, Corps of Engineers dams in the Muskingum and Scioto basins held back record levels of water. Eleven of our projects have reached record pool levels, meaning they held back more water than ever before and several of them have been in operation since 1939.
Dover Downstream Wills Creek Downstream Charles Mill Dover Beach at Dillon

The Storm

During the period of January 3-14, the Corps rain gages recorded amounts of 5-8 inches, about two months of rain in about two weeks. This rainfall followed snow melt and saturated soils.
Rainfall Map 1 Rainfall Map 2 Rainfall Map 3

Corps Reservoirs Record Levels



RECORD RESERVOIR LEVELS

RESERVOIR NEW RECORD LEVEL (FT) DATE PERCENT STORAGE
Alum Creek Lake 898.94 1/16/05 84.5
Deer Creek Lake 839.61 1/14/05 82.8
Delaware Lake 945.40 1/15/05 88.9
Paint Creek Lake 842.50 1/14/05 91.4
Atwood Lake 935.14 1/18/05 60.8
Bolivar Dam 951.65 1/14/05 55.5
Charles Mill Lake 1017.10 1/16/05 80.4
Dillon Lake 788.23 1/16/05 93.2 Dillon Pool of Record
Dover Dam 907.35 1/16/05 62.3
Mohawk Dam 880.20 1/15/05 75.3
Wills Creek Dam 779.36 1/16/05 102.2

RESERVOIR REDUCTIONS

CITY/TOWN REDUCTION IN FEET
Dresden, OH 11.9
Zanesville, OH 15.5
McConnelsville, OH 8.2
Worthington, OH 4.8
Circleville, OH 3.9
Bourneville, OH 6.5

Ohio River

Belleville Locks Belleville Locks Belleville Locks
(Runaway barge at Belleville Locks.)

OHIO RIVER FLOOD CRESTS

STATION FLOOD STAGE (FT) FLOOD CREST (FT) TIME DATE
Willow Island 37.00 42.90 2300 01/07/05
Marietta 34.00 41.00 0330 01/08/05
Parkersburg 36.00 42.40 0900 01/08/05
Belleville 45.00 44.00 1900 01/08/05
Racine 38.00 48.87 0100 01/09/05
Pt Pleasant 40.00 42.86 2000 01/09/05
RC Byrd 50.00 50.28 1100 01/09/05
Huntington 50.00 51.82 1900 01/09/05
Ashland 52.00 55.48 2300 01/09/05
Portsmouth 50.00 55.90 0300 01/10/05
Maysville 50.00 55.47 1400 01/10/05
Greenup 54.00 56.64 0200 01/10/05
Meldahl 51.00 54.38 2100 01/10/05


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Credits
Page Design: Paul E. Cook (EC-WM), Tammy Bryant (EC-WM), Ed Stowasser (EC-WM), and Linda Hazelett (EC-WM)
Data Compilation: Victor Pratt (EC-WM)
Photography: Corps Personnel
Aerial Photography: Dillon Lake Personnel via State Police Helicopter
Color Precip Maps Provided By: Ohio River Forecast Center
Belleville Photographs Provided By: Randy Campbell and Wayne Budrus