Delaware • New Jersey • Pennsylvania
New York • United States of America
Serious flooding (particularly the August 1955 flood) was one of the primary reasons that led to the creation of the DRBC in 1961. However, over the next 40+ years the Delaware River and those living or working along its banks were much more familiar with droughts than floods. This hydrologic pattern would change beginning in 2004.
In September 2004, April 2005, and June 2006, three major floods caused devastation along the main stem Delaware River, repeatedly damaging property and disrupting tens of thousands of lives. These were the worst floods to occur on the main stem since August 1955 (which is still considered the flood of record in the DRB). The last known occurrence of three main stem floods of comparable magnitude within so short a time span was the period from March 1902 to March 1904.
Reducing flood loss is a responsibility shared by federal, interstate, state, and local governments throughout the basin. Learn more about DRBC's flood loss reduction efforts by visiting the links on the right.