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USGS - Harvey High Water Marks

Authors: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) · David Arctur
Owners: David Arctur · Harvey datamgr
DOI:10.4211/hs.615d426f70cc4346875c725b4b8fdc59 How to Cite
Resource type:Composite Resource
Created:Apr 17, 2018 at 3:33 a.m.
Last updated: Nov 27, 2018 at midnight by David Arctur


During and after Hurricane Harvey, the US Geological Survey recorded high water marks across southeast Texas, as they do for every major storm. The files in this dataset provide 2123 high water marks for Hurricane Harvey flooding, among 1258 sites. These files were downloaded following the steps below. If you'd like to check the original sources again, or search for HWM for a different storm, you may find these directions helpful.

Finding, Downloading and Filtering USGS High Water Marks (HWM)
1. Visit USGS website: https://water.usgs.gov/floods/history.html, which lets you…
2. Click on Hurricane Harvey: https://www.usgs.gov/harvey, which lets you…
3. Click on green button Get Data: https://stn.wim.usgs.gov/fev/#HarveyAug2017
4. In left margin menu of resulting page, click a second Get Data link. This will open up the remaining options below.
5. Click each data type you want, such as High-Water Mark, Peak Summary, or Sensor Data. It’s only csv or REST (json or xml).

* I downloaded the HWM as csv, opened in Excel, clicked the Sort & Filter tool in Excel toolbar, clicked Filter, then filtered on "Harvey Aug 2017” in the popup list for column E (Event Name). I saved the result to a new spreadsheet which now has 2123 records, plus column labels in row 1.

* To understand the fields or columns of this table, see HWM_Peaks_Sensors_Data_Dictionary_20180329.xslx in the contents below.

Subject Keywords

HWM,Inundation,High Water Marks,Texas,Flooding,USGS,Harvey2017

How to cite

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), D. Arctur (2018). USGS - Harvey High Water Marks, HydroShare, https://doi.org/10.4211/hs.615d426f70cc4346875c725b4b8fdc59

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 Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:  WGS 84 EPSG:4326
 Coordinate Units:  Decimal degrees
North Latitude
East Longitude
South Latitude
West Longitude


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The people or organizations that created the intellectual content of the resource.

Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
David Arctur University of Texas at Austin 512-771-1434


People or organizations that contributed technically, materially, financially, or provided general support for the creation of the resource's content but are not considered authors.

Name Organization Address Phone Author Identifiers
Todd Koenig, P.E., Hydrologic Networks Branch U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Rolla, MO
Erika Boghici UT Austin Center for Water and the Environment
cites: USGS Flood Event Viewer [https://stn.wim.usgs.gov/fev/#HarveyAug2017]
This resource belongs to the following collections:
Title Owners Sharing Status My Permission
Harvey Flood Data Collections David Arctur · Harvey datamgr  Published Open Access


This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
Agency Name Award Title Award Number
National Science Foundation (NSF) RAPID: Archiving and Enabling Community Access to Data from Recent US Hurricanes 1761673


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