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Honduras is currently (2001) rebuilding its housing and infrastructure that was destroyed by Hurricane Mitch. To plan responsibly and minimize damage during future floods, the Honduran government needs reliable maps of the areas and depth of inundation by the 50-year flood, the design flood chosen for this project. A systematic method for defining areas and depths of inundation is needed that can be easily applied to the country as a whole. A method needs to be developed and applied to compute the 50-year flood at selected locations using the available hydrologic and meteorological data.