DFO Flood Event: 2019-Spain-4796

Brief Description

"Spain – Floods in South East Leave 6 Dead, Thousands Evacuated 16 SEPTEMBER, 2019 BY FLOODLIST NEWS IN EUROPE, NEWS At least 6 people have now died as a result of the severe weather in south-eastern Spain.

Torrential rainfall began on 11 September, 2019. By 13 September some areas of Valencia region had seen over 400mm of rain. Rivers broke their banks in several locations, in particular Ontinyent, Orihuela and Moixent. The severe weather has continued since then and media report that 6 people have now died and 3,500 evacuated, including 2,000 residents of the town of Santomera in Murcia as a precaution due to a controlled release from a local dam.

Roads and schools have been closed as well as Murcia and Almeria airports. Fatalities were reported in Caudete in Albacete province, Almería, La Jámula in Granada and 2 people died in Orihuela. The most affected areas include Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Albacete, Almería and Malaga provinces along with parts of the Balearic Islands. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited some of the affected areas on 14 September. More than 1,100 military personnel were deployed to assist flood-hit communities." Quoted from Flood List.


Results from the NASA-supported Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS) at ESSIC, University of Maryland. Date and UTC time is shown. This is flooding as modeled from input precipitation data and topography.


Maximum Observed Flooding

Red is all mapped flooding from this event. Darker Red is mapped flooding from non-DFO sources. Blue is a reference normal water extent. Light gray is all previously mapped flooding, since 1999. See also the DFO Web Map Server. Over the course of the event, remote sensing data are combined to show all flooded areas. A larger scale geotif version and flood and reference water GIS files are located here. Click on colored dots for access to River Watch results.

Last update of this map: September 16, 2019.

MODIS-only Version


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The Flood Observatory maintains a Global Active Archive of large flood events, 1985 to present. New major flood events are entered into this archive each week. A hand-drawn GIS polygon for each event outlines the region affected.

This event was selected for Observatory production of map and GIS data products. After final updating, this web page and associated image and map (GIS) files become the permanent Flood Observatory record of this flood event. Reason for selection: fatalities and high number evacuated. Update status: In progress.

Intellectual Property:

As part of collaborations with other organizations, including GEO and the Global Flood Partnership, the Observatory's maps are made available here to the public. Geotif versions and GIS files are also available. With attribution, maps and data can be used freely for non-commercial purposes. With permission, they can be used for commercial purposes. Consult the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License and Robert.Brakenridge or Albert.Kettner (at Colorado.edu) if questions. Attribution for this map when Sentinel SAR data are included: "Dartmouth Flood Observatory at the University of Colorado, from satellite data provided by NASA and Copernicus/European Space Agency". When using GIS data (see below) provided to DFO from other sources, please acknowledge original source. Sentinel-1B (2019) (acquired on 16/09/2019 at 06:10 UTC, GSD 10.0 m) was provided under COPERNICUS by the European Union and ESA. COSMO-SkyMed © ASI (2019), distributed by e-GEOS S.p.A. (acquired on 14/09/2019 at 17:52 UTC, GSD 5.0 m) was provided under COPERNICUS by the European Union and ESA,

Image Data Sources:

NASA Landsat 8 and Copernicus/ESA Sentinel SAR data if used in this map were obtained from the the U.S. Geological Survey Hazards Data Distribution System. and the Sentinels Science Data hub, respectively. Landsat 8 is jointly managed by NASA and the United States Geological Survey. Copernicus is supported by the European Commission. MODIS data are obtained from the NASA NRT Global Flood Mapping facility (surface water extents) and from NASA Worldview (image files); SUOMI/VIIRS image data are also retrieved from NASA Worldview.

Obtain the GIS Data:

Flood and reference water extent files (Shp and Mapinfo versions) supporting this Flood Event Map are located here.

These files may include high spatial resolution mapping such as from Sentinel or Landsat, or lower resolution files from MODIS. File names commonly include the sensor source (e.g., S1 for Sentinel 1, LS8 for Landsat, MODIS, Aqua, or Terra for MODIS) and the image date.


The NASA Earth Sciences Program, the Latin American Development Bank, the World Bank, the European Commission's Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, GDACS, and Copernicus Emergency Management Service, the Google Earth Engine research awards program, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Disasters Working Group-Flood Pilot, the Japanese Space Agency, and the European Space Agency all have supported the Observatory's work via research grants and contracts or free satellite-derived data.

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