The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed this website to provide a variety of products that will aid citizens and municipalities as they recover from the devastating coastal flooding caused by Hurricane Rita. The primary product that FEMA produced is a series of coastal flood recovery maps; see the first three sections below to learn about the recovery maps and access the maps and digital data. In the “Recovery and Mitigation Resources” section (link provided at the bottom of this page), FEMA has posted important flood recovery guidance documents and other informative products relating to Hurricane Rita’s physical impacts.
About Louisiana Rita Flood Recovery Maps
On September 24, 2005, Hurricane Rita made landfall near the Louisiana-Texas border as a Category 3 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. In response to this devastating hurricane, FEMA initiated a project to produce high-resolution maps that show flood impacts from the storm and advisory flood hazard data for rebuilding and recovery. more...
Louisiana Flood Recovery Maps
Maps showing the extent and magnitude of Hurricane Rita’s surge, as well as information on advisory flood hazard data, were created for the Louisiana parishes that were most severely impacted by Rita’s coastal flooding. more...
- Calcasieu Parish
- Cameron Parish
- Iberia Parish
- Lafourche Parish
- St. Charles Parish*
- St. John the Baptist Parish*
- St. Mary Parish
- Terrebonne Parish
- Vermilion Parish
*Note: FEMA has produced Katrina Recovery Maps for Louisiana parishes where Hurricane Katrina’s storm surge was greater than the coastal flooding caused by Hurricane Rita.
Please check this website periodically for updates.
Geographic Information System (GIS) Data
GIS is used to display and analyze spatial data that are tied to databases. The Rita Recovery Maps were developed using GIS. Several data layers from the Rita Recovery Maps are available as GIS shapefiles for download. Please refer to Mapping Methods and Data Sources page for more information on the development of these data.
- Preliminary High Water Marks
- Surge Inundation Limits [Data published by parish]
- Surge Elevation Contours
- Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) Zones [Data published by parish]
Recovery and Mitigation Resources
Links and other resources have been provided to various Federal, State, and local agencies involved in Hurricane Rita response and recovery activities.