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October 5, 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 flood. In early October 1986, parts of Northern Oklahoma and Southern Kansas received enormous amounts of rain as the remnants of Hurricane Paine moved through the area.Areas of the region received the annual rainfall in a period of only 5 days. Over twenty inches of rain fell in the Arkansas River drainage area upstream from the Keystone Dam; at the height of the flow, approximately one million cubic feet per second was pouring into the lake. Many of the other rivers, streams, and lakes in Kansas and Oklahoma were also filled to capacity, and most of these bodies of water eventually end up in the Arkansas River as well. – Bill Robison

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