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Monitoring Inland Storm Surge and Flooding From Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana, September 2008

January 10, 2009

On August 29-31, 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) deployed a mobile monitoring network consisting of 124 pressure transducers (sensors) (figs. 1, 2) at 80 sites over an area of about 4,200 square miles to record the timing, extent, and magnitude of inland hurricane storm surge and coastal flooding generated by Hurricane Gustav, which made landfall in southeastern Louisiana on September 1. One-hundred twenty-one sensors from 61 sites (fig. 3) were recovered. Thirty-seven sites from which sensors were recovered were in the New Orleans area, and the remaining 24 sites were distributed throughout southeastern Louisiana. Sites were categorized as surge (21), riverine flooding (18), anthropogenic (affected by the operation of gates or pumps) (17), or mixed/uncertain on the basis of field observations and the appearance of the water-level data (5).

Citation Information

Publication Year 2008
Title Monitoring Inland Storm Surge and Flooding From Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana, September 2008
DOI 10.3133/ofr20081373
Authors Benton D. McGee, Burl B. Goree, Roland W. Tollett, Robert R. Mason,
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 2008-1373
Index ID ofr20081373
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Louisiana Water Science Center

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