Modeling tropical storm Elsa: Flood map simulation using multisensory precipitation in Connecticut

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Juan M. Stella


A flood map simulation in the Fenton River watershed, Connecticut, was conducted for Tropical Storm Elsa occurred in early July 2021, using Multi Radar Multi Sensor-Quantitative Precipitation Estimation (MRMS-QPE) as input to force the Hydrologic Engineering Center-Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS) to simulate discharges in the mainstream of the watershed. The simulated discharges were calibrated using observed discharges at the Old Turnpike Bridge USGS station, and they were used to force a Hydrologic Engineering Center-River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) 2D model of the Fenton River watershed. The simulated stages were calibrated using observed stages at Old Turnpike Bridge USGS station to simulate flood maps in the mainstream of the watershed. The resulting use of HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS 2D models coupled with MRMS-QPE precipitation shows that these models set up is user-friendly. The model shows stability and the capacity to simulate flood maps along the whole mainstream of the Fenton River with good accuracy.


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