Minnesota Flooding: Maps and Geographic Data
This list was compiled by the Emergency Preparedness Committee
Maps showing the U.S. National Grid (USNG)
from MnGeo and the Emergency Preparedness Committee
Reference maps covering Minnesota, based on the U.S. National Grid system, show the location of schools, hospitals, fire and police stations, roads and political boundaries over an air photo background.
A MapFinder tool on the webpage helps you locate the map that covers your area. Click on the graphic to the right to see a full-size map.
- Flood and Elevation Data viewers and portal
from the International Water Institute and the Red River Basin Decision Information Network
Interactive Flood Planning Map
Includes flood forecast displays, flood extents (1997 and 2009), weather alerts, radar, weather forecasts, city and county contact information.
Information Portal for the Red River of the North and Devils
One-stop shop for all flood-related information before, during, and after floods.
Red River Basin "LiDAR Viewer"
View maps online, or save and print PDF maps (or download the elevation data). Includes all or portions of 45 counties in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota. Layers include:
- Interactive Flood Planning Map
and Travel Information
from the Minnesota Department of Transportation
Links to online map viewers and PDF maps showing road closures statewide for state highways and county and local roads.
Minnesota Department of Transportation
- Highway maps: State; county; city; traffic; interactive BaseMap
- Interactive Airports Map (PDF, 253K)
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
WMS services are set up to provide access to air photos and other grid-cell data without users having to download and store large files on their own computers. The services are intended primarily for people using geographic information systems (GIS) software. Click here for instructions on connecting to a service using several commonly used GIS software packages.
Geospatial Image Server from the Minnesota Geospatial
Information Office (MnGeo)
in UTM coordinates
- Air photos, statewide: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2003, 1991-92
- Topographic quad maps
Instructions for adding DNR services to ArcGIS
- Elevation contours for Red River Basin (2-foot and 10-foot)
North Dakota GIS website lists available WMS services
MN State Emergency Operations Center
- Weather Briefing and Radar from NOAA
Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: NOAA and National
website for Emergency Preparedness Committee members to share
information (log-in required -- see
forms to apply for access)
A History of Flooding in the Red River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey
poster, September 2007 (PDF, 4.9 MB)
- Three-dimensional perspective image of the basin showing elevation shading, tributaries, cities, and USGS gaging station locations
- Description of landform and weather factors that contribute to flooding in this region
- Streamflow graphs
- Photos of historic floods
Last updated April 8, 2013
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