Though destructive of life and property, floods also irrigate fields and enrich the soil by depositing river silt. From the time of the most ancient civilizations, people who farm river valleys have respected and even revered this power of rivers to regenerate the cycle of life.
The highest floods in recorded history of the valley are, in order:
October 10, 1903 ... 35.50 ft. at Montague
August 18-19, 1955 (Diane) ... 35.15 ft. at Montague
June 29, 2006 ... 32.16 ft. at Montague
April 3, 2005 ... 31.60 ft. at Montague
September 18-19, 2004 (Ivan) ... 28.39 ft. at Montague.