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The USGS collects flood data and conducts targeted flood science to help Federal, State, and local agencies, decision makers, and the public before, during, and after a flood. Our efforts provide situational awareness, drive predictive models, inform infrastructure design and operation, undergird floodplain mapping, assist flood constituent/load quantification, and facilitate flood impact assessments.
Use this website to discover real-time and historic flood data and scientific investigations, and learn how we collect data while addressing logistical and technical challenges.
The USGS offers multiple products that allow our stakeholders and the public to be notified of high-flow conditions and USGS flood response activities:
Flood Event Viewer
Flood Inundation Mapping
USGS Storm-Tide Monitoring
Water Data for the Nation
U.S. Water Monitor
National Weather Service River Observations and Forecast
National Weather Service Riverwatch: Mississippi River Basin Forecasts
U.S Army Corps of Engineers Flood Risk Management Program
Esri Disaster Response Program: Flooding
Below are other science projects associated with USGS flood information and activities.
Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science School. We offer information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.
Below are data or web applications associated with USGS flood information and activities.
The USGS WaterNow service lets users receive current conditions for USGS water-data-collection stations on demand via email or cell-phone text message. The user sends an email or text message containing a USGS current-conditions gaging site number, and will quickly receive a reply with the station's most recent data for one or more of its monitored parameters.
Below are publications associated with USGS flood information and activities.
The National Water Dashboard (NWD) is a mobile, interactive tool that provides real-time information on water levels, weather, and flood forecasts - all in one place on a computer, smartphone, or other mobile device. The NWD presents real-time stream, lake and reservoir, precipitation, and groundwater data from more than 13,500 USGS observation stations across the country.
The U.S. Geological Survey WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text (SMS) messages when certain parameters, as measured by a USGS real-time data-collection station, exceed user-definable thresholds. The development and maintenance of the WaterAlert system is supported by the USGS and its partners, including numerous federal, state, and local agencies.
During large, short-term events, the USGS collects streamflow and additional data (including storm tide, wave height, high-water marks, and additional sensor deployments) to aid in documenting flood events. The USGS Flood Event Viewer provides convenient, map-based access to downloadable event-based data.
USGS Flood Inundation Maps, along with Internet information regarding current stage from the USGS streamgage, provide emergency management personnel and residents with information that is critical for flood-response activities, such as evacuations and road closures, as well as for post-flood recovery efforts.
StreamStats provides access to spatial analytical tools that are useful for water-resources planning and management, and for engineering and design purposes. The map-based user interface can be used to delineate drainage areas, get basin characteristics and estimates of flow statistics, and more. Available information varies from state to state.
Below are software products associated with USGS flood information and activities.
The USGS develops regression equations for estimating streamflow statistics for every state, Puerto Rico, and a number of metropolitan areas in the U.S. These equations have been compiled into the National Streamflow Statistics (NSS) Program for design, planning, management, and regulatory purposes. These estimates are often needed at ungaged sites where no observed flow data are available.