The Village of Lincolnshire recently finished its application renewal
documentation for the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS). When
municipalities analyze their land use within the floodplain and submit
their findings, they are rewarded on a sliding point scale that
translates into discounted flood insurance rates for their residents.
Lincolnshire originally submitted a flood plain assessment in 2001 and
is currently a Class 5 community.
Because GIS was used in prior submissions, the Village was able to
quickly rerun the land use calculations using the most current flood
plain data. Since the baseline work was done quickly, the GIS specialist
had time to create two new maps that will strengthen the Village’s
submission. These maps focused on the North Branch of the Chicago River
and Indian Creek basins within the present and future Village limits.
Additionally, each map displayed the land use statistics for the
watershed depicted so that the reviewers could easily find the data that
Without GIS, the CRS application process would require much more
staff time. By reducing the initial workload by using past applications
as a starting point, Lincolnshire was able to devote free time to
creating new documentation to beef up its application. Undoubtedly,
Village residents are happy to have more money in their pockets as the
economy continues to fluctuate.