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Data builds bridge to flood resiliency

Monday, October 24, 2016

Damage assessment data from the 2015 Memorial Day Flood was presented to city of San Marcos staff in September as part of CAPCOG’s project to analyze disaster impacts and plan for regional resiliency. CAPCOG staff plans to present information to the region’s governments affected by the disaster throughout the end of the calendar year. The project, funded by the Economic Development Administration, focuses on the use of damage assessment data to inform local governments’ efforts to mitigate the impacts of future flooding and disaster events.

The data came from a variety of sources including damage estimates from the Small Business Administration, FEMA, other state and federal agencies, and HAZUS — software that models flood events and estimates damages. Having the multiple source Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data can assist governments and residents in determining what homes and businesses may exist in future flood plains, what properties and their structures may suffer from significant repetitive losses, and when and where infrastructure improvements may be most economical for a resident, business owner or city.

Moving forward, CAPCOG will make the information available to planners as it works collaboratively with its member governments to research and create better flood resiliency plans.

> Learn about CAPCOG’s GIS program.
> Read more about CAPCOG's Planning and Economic Development Division.

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