The public now has a new online tool to help inform them about energy facilities' exposure to flooding caused by hurricanes, overflowing rivers, flash floods, and other wet-weather events. Developed by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Flood Vulnerability Assessment Map, shows which power plants, oil refineries, crude oil rail terminals, and other critical energy infrastructure are vulnerable to coastal and inland flooding.
The mapping tool combines EIA's existing U.S. Energy Mapping System with flood hazard information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and represents EIA's latest step in making energy data more accessible, understandable, relevant, and responsive to users' needs.
"Because energy is vital to the U.S. economy and the everyday lives of Americans, it is important to understand flooding risk to our nation's energy infrastructure," said EIA Administrator Adam Sieminski. "This tool will help users better understand these risks."
To determine if a specific area is vulnerable to flooding, users can type an address, town, or county name in the "find address" box on the mapping system or can zoom in on areas of the United States highlighted with flood hazard information.
The product described in this press release was prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. By law, EIA's data, analysis, and forecasts are independent of approval by any other officer or employee of the United States Government. The views in the product and press release therefore should not be construed as representing those of the Department of Energy or other federal agencies.