Maps and Geographic Data: Red River Flood 2010

This page is being updated since many 2010 links are broken.
In the meantime, see the Minnesota Flooding 2011 webpage.

This list was compiled by the Emergency Preparedness Committee with support from MnGeo.

Featured Maps  |  Maps for Responders  |  Recent Imagery  |  Road Closures  |  Weather  |  Webcams  |  Reference Maps  |  State/Fed EM Flood Info  |  In the News  |  County Info  |  WMS Services  |  Password Sites  |  Flood History

Featured Interactive Maps

  • SharedGeo Red River Valley Viewer
    The SharedGeo Red River Valley Viewer was created by partners and data providers from the Upper Midwest GIS communities. It is a conceptual site that is being demonstrated to the greater Minnesota emergency preparedness and response communities, as well as the general public, for the first time. Features, data, and utility will be continuously upgraded during the event.
    • Imagery
      • Regular updates to satellite imagery as they become available
      • Animated updates with aerial imagery added as the data becomes available
      • CAP (ARCHER) captured aerial photography as it becomes available
    • U. S. National Grid (USNG): Spatially referenced layer linked to pre-built and build-on-request (8.5" x 11") situational maps for the Red River valley area
      • These map are available at 100 kilometer, 10 kilometer and (by request if unavailable) at 1 kilometer scales
      • Dynamic printing (to PDF) for scales below 1 kilometer via a web browser based on USNG boundaries
    • NOAA River Gage Information:
      • Spatially referenced points in the map linked to NOAA and the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
    • Elevation: 2-foot contour lines created by the International Water Institute
    • Weather Nexrad and NOAA

  • Interactive map website created by Houston Engineering.
    Viewable layers include:
    • Elevation: 2-foot contour lines created from 2008 LiDAR data by the International Water Institute
    • Air photos:
      • Minnesota 2008, 2003, 1991-2
      • North Dakota 2005, 2003, 1990s
      • Fargo 2006
      • Cass County 2004
    • 1997 flood extent, approximate
    • Weather Nexrad
    • Topographic quad maps from the U.S. Geological Survey
    • Basemap reference information

  • Red River Basin Flood Forecast Display Tool from the Red River Basin Decision Information Network.
    Includes "Search by Address" capability.


Maps for Responders

  • Maps showing the U.S. National Grid (USNG), produced by the Governor's Council Emergency Preparedness Committee's Go Team.
    • PDF maps include 100K, 10K, and 1K USNG grid squares (each shows progressively more detail over smaller areas), town maps, incident site maps, and Mn/DOT city and county highway maps. There are zip files for each map product that contain all the PDFs for that product.
    • When starting to use the site, check the Map Inventory and the Learn to use the Maps links
    • ArcMap 9.3 projects and data used to created each map product are bundled for download
    • Background info on the USNG
  • Maps of the City of Moorhead, Minnesota, produced by Clay County GIS
    PDF maps of many topics including dikes, levees, and sandbags, contours and flood stages, flooded homes, road closures, evacuation plans, Red Cross shelters, corporate foster care sites and long term care/assisted living sites, the Oakport area, and overall maps of the city.
  • Maps of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, produced by the City of Fargo GIS Department
    PDF maps of many topics including floodplains, approximate levee locations, contingency evacuation plans, elevation, and air photos.
  • Minnesota Topographic Maps (Tons of Maps Online website)
    View U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps online:  1:24,000, 1:100,000 and 1:250,000 scales.

Recent Imagery

U.S. Geological Survey’s Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS)

Directory of all Minnesota and North Dakota GIS and imagery related files currently available through the USGS distribution system. Most are VERY large files for professional use within specific GIS applications. Here are the currently available files appropriate for viewing by the general public:

Road Closures






Grand Forks

Reference Maps

Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

State and Federal Emergency Management Flood Information Sites

In the News


TV Stations

County Background Information

County Wikipedia Information Links - Red River Valley

North Dakota

County Government Links - Red River Valley

North Dakota

State and County Geospatial Offices

North Dakota

County Emergency Management Links - Red River Valley

North Dakota

WMS Services for GIS Software

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.


  • Minnesota Geospatial Image Server from the Minnesota Land Management Information Center
    in UTM coordinates
    • Air photos, statewide:  2008, 2003, 1991-92
    • Topographic quad maps

North Dakota

Comprehensive Geospatial Sites – Password Required

  • National Guard Bureau RaSOR-EM
    Compendium of state, county and city government information for response personnel. Simple, Flash-driven maps with links to more extensive background information. Available to anyone with a government email address.
  • SharePoint website for Emergency Preparedness Committee members to share information

History of Flooding in the Red River Valley

  • 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

These links are provided as a community service and the GCGI and EPC do not expressly endorse or recommend usage of materials found on these sites.

Last updated March 18, 2010

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