Flood Hazard Mitigation
The potential for floods is not isolated to costal areas, areas with major bodies of water, or even rivers. The potential for floods occurring with the possibility of property damage, injury and even death is everywhere. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a tool that is becoming more and more popular in the mitigation of these potential disasters. For instance, a GIS user who knows the normal height of a river in the area is 365 feet above sea level and knows that after heavy rains in an area up river is going to cause the river to rise 10 ft can plan ahead and map out any and all areas that may be flooded even before the water begins to rise.
GIS allows the user to virtually see data that is often in a tabular format, projected in a spatial geographic format giving them a better understanding of the potential disaster.
By using GIS, management personnel can be more proactive and less reactive when it comes to dealing with potential flooding disasters.