After the Village of Wheeling had its scheduled review for the CRS
program (A review of the Village’s flood safety infrastructure), the
independent reviewer left a list of items that needed to be completed in
the next month to receive credit in specific categories. One of these
items pertained to storm system drainage, specifically the locations of
known problem areas in the storm drainage system and which features,
such as ditches and streams that the village maintains. The engineering
department asked the GIS department to put something together that
would meet all the requirements and could be submitted to the reviewer.
For the submission, a map was created showing the water features that
the village maintains, as well as locations of drainage trouble areas
designated by the village. Without GIS, the village would have had to
create the map in a different program, such as AutoCAD, due to new
regulations specifying that all maps submitted to the CRS review have to
be done in a computer program. By using GIS, the village was able to
submit a required document in the short amount of time required.