US Army Corps of Engineers
Kansas City District

Kansas Citys Levees Historic Flood Events

Flood Stages in the Kansas Citys area have been exceed by at least a foot Twenty-Eight Times from 1844 to 1941.

Five Largest Annual Peaks - Missouri River
Floods on the Missouri River are caused by widespread storm systems over several days or weeks, sometimes combined with runoff of spring snowmelt in Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas.
Year Discharge (Cubic Foot/Second)

1951

573,000

1903

543,000 (est.)

1993

541,000

1908

402,000 (est.)

1952

400,000

The five largest annual peaks at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) gauge on the Hannibal Bridge in Kansas City. The period of record for stage data at this gauge is from 1873 to the present. The period of record for flow data at this gauge is from 1929 to present.


Five Largest Annual Peaks - Kansas River
Major floods on the Kansas River are usually caused by a series of short-duration, high intensity storms following a prolonged period of general rains which reduces the infiltration capacity of the soil to a minimum and causes a greater than normal flow in the stream channels.
Year Discharge (Cubic Foot/Second)

1951

469,000

1903

300,000 (est.)

1908

200,000

1993

170,000

1935

154,000

The five largest annual peaks at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) gauge on the Kansas River at Topeka, Kansas. The period of record for this gauge is from 1904 to the present, though intermittent and anecdotal information is available from 1869. The USGS gauge (06889000) is located on the Sardou Bridge, river mile 83.1, located 2.3 miles upstream of Soldier Creek.