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Fact Sheet 2012–3119

Flood Inundation Map Library, Fort Kent, Maine

By Pamela J. Lombard

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Severe flooding occurred in northern Maine from April 28 to May 1, 2008, and damage was extensive in the town of Fort Kent (Lombard, 2010). Aroostook County was declared a Federal disaster area on May 9, 2008. The extent of flooding on both the Fish and St. John Rivers during this event showed that the current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) (Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1979) were out of date. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted a study to develop a flood inundation map library showing the areas and depths for a range of flood stages from bankfull to the flood of record for Fort Kent to complement an updated FIS (Federal Emergency Management Agency, in press).

Hydrologic analyses that support the maps include computer models with and without the levee and with various depths of backwater on the Fish River. This fact sheet describes the methods used to develop the maps and describes how the maps can be accessed.

First posted September 19, 2012

For additional information contact:
U.S. Geological Survey
Maine Water Science Center
196 Whitten Road
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 622–8201

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Suggested citation:

Lombard, P.J., 2012, Flood inundation map library, Fort Kent, Maine: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2012–3119, 2 p., at



Inputs Necessary for Flood Inundation Mapping

Lidar Elevation Data

Surveyed Elevation Data

Hydraulic Model

Flood-Forecast Streamgages

Interaction of St. John and Fish Rivers

Maps Available in Multiple Formats

References Cited

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