Fifty-Year Flood-Inundation Maps for Santa Rosa de Aguan, Honduras

Open-File Report 2002-258
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After the devastating floods caused by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, maps of the areas and depths of the 50-year-flood inundation at 15 municipalities in Honduras were prepared as a tool for agencies involved in reconstruction and planning. This report, which is one in a series of 15, presents maps of areas in the coastal municipality of Santa Rosa de Aguan that are prone to oceanic storm-surge flooding and wave action. The 50-year flood on the Rio Aguan (4,270 cubic meters per second), would inundate most of the area surveyed for this municipality and beyond. Therefore a detailed numerical hydraulic model was not developed for this municipality as it was for the others. The 50-year storm surge would likely produce higher water levels than the 50-year flood on the river during normal astronomical tides. The elevation of the 50-year storm surge was estimated to be 4.35 meters above normal sea level, based on hurricane probabilities and published storm-surge elevations associated with various hurricane categories. Flood-inundation maps, including areas of wave-action hazard and a color-shaded elevation map, were created from the available data and the estimated 50-year storm tide. Geographic Information System (GIS) coverages of the hazard areas are available on a computer in the municipality of Santa Rosa de Aguan as part of the Municipal GIS project and on the Internet at the Flood Hazard Mapping Data Web page ( These coverages allow users to view the maps in much more detail than is possible using the maps in this report.
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Fifty-Year Flood-Inundation Maps for Santa Rosa de Aguan, Honduras
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2002-258
DOI 10.3133/ofr02258
Edition -
Year Published 2002
Language ENGLISH
Description 22 p.
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