Following flooding

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Being situated along a river has many advantages, but can also create
many issues that have a direct impact on the residents adjacent to
these natural features. Riverside has most of its southern boundary
defined by the Des Plaines River and there are significant natural areas
throughout the community that surround the river which provide for
activities such as fishing and scenic walking. These landscapes usually
act as a buffer from flooding that can occur during major rain events,
but do not always absorb the impact of these events.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) provides the community a
resource to consume Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood
information. This data is updated every year and helps determine
insurance rates and flood hazards in developed areas. The FEMA data can
be combined with property and other geographic information and features
in the GIS that allows for recognition of trends and provides a
superior decision making resource when compared to previous methods.

This information is currently being provided to village staff as a
map image and through a mapping application called MapOffice™ Advanced.
MapOffice™ Advanced provides an interactive resource where staff can
quickly view properties, addresses, roadways, waterways, and FEMA flood
zones. The map image provides similar viewing capability, but has also
incorporated other flood and drainage information that has been captured
in the GIS such as the extent of the flooding from the September 2008
storm event and yard drainage issues that have been reported throughout
the community.

Other geographic analysis is being considered to further impower
village staff and support their efforts to mitigate these events and
issues. In the meantime, combining and overlaying this various but
related information will continue to provide a valuable resource for the
village.

Following flooding

Blog_Following_flooding.jpg

Being situated along a river has many advantages, but can also create
many issues that have a direct impact on the residents adjacent to
these natural features. Riverside has most of its southern boundary
defined by the Des Plaines River and there are significant natural areas
throughout the community that surround the river which provide for
activities such as fishing and scenic walking. These landscapes usually
act as a buffer from flooding that can occur during major rain events,
but do not always absorb the impact of these events.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) provides the community a
resource to consume Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood
information. This data is updated every year and helps determine
insurance rates and flood hazards in developed areas. The FEMA data can
be combined with property and other geographic information and features
in the GIS that allows for recognition of trends and provides a
superior decision making resource when compared to previous methods.

This information is currently being provided to village staff as a
map image and through a mapping application called MapOffice™ Advanced.
MapOffice™ Advanced provides an interactive resource where staff can
quickly view properties, addresses, roadways, waterways, and FEMA flood
zones. The map image provides similar viewing capability, but has also
incorporated other flood and drainage information that has been captured
in the GIS such as the extent of the flooding from the September 2008
storm event and yard drainage issues that have been reported throughout
the community.

Other geographic analysis is being considered to further impower
village staff and support their efforts to mitigate these events and
issues. In the meantime, combining and overlaying this various but
related information will continue to provide a valuable resource for the
village.