Reconstruction of the 1874 Santa Tecla's rainstorm in Western Catalonia (NE Spain) from flood marks and historical accounts
- 1Department of Environment and Soil Sciences, University of Lleida, Spain
- 2Forest Technology Centre of Catalonia, Solsona, Spain
Abstract. The Santa Tecla flash flood, a very heavy event occurred in western Catalonia (NE Spain) in 1874, was reconstructed with hydraulic and hydrological modelling tools in three basins. The hydrograph obtained in a first step and the basin soil moisture information ultimately allowed the estimation of the range of the rainstorm magnitude which caused the flash flood. The reconstruction of historical floods has proved useful to improve the flood probability analysis, especially in ungauged basins.